Last night was bad- strong aftershocks occurred throughout northeastern Japan almost without break .
At 3:59 AM, Niigata (where I live with my family) and neighboring prefecture Nagano (of 1998 Olympics fame) registered a quake of magnitude 6.7. Damage to road and rail lines was sustained.
Reports of tsunami-affected areas are quite worse today (March 12th) than last night- it's hard to be hopeful.
Today: entire cities are gone. Roads and raillines have disappeared. Surviving communities are unreachable. Many areas look like Hiroshima or Nagasaki after the atomic bombings.
The number of confirmed casualties has been raised to 2,000 (since last night): estimates of total casualties reach the tens of 1000s.
Additionally (as of 3 PM) , 1 of 4 reactors at a nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture has exploded, releasing radiation into the atmosphere.
This is very serious. It feels like the end of the world.
If you can help in any way, please do.