Monday, March 14, 2011

Update: March 15, 2:15 PM

More than 6,000 are reported dead or missing from last Friday's quake and tsunami, an increase of over 1,000 since this morning.

The explosion earlier today at the crippled nuclear facility in Fukushima released a massive amount of radiation, according to Japanese media. Residents within a 30 kilometer radius (up from 20) have been urged to evacuate or remain indoors. The government has issued instructions on preventing radiation sickness.

An explosion and fire have occurred at the facility's Unit 4. The fire has been extinguished.

Eight hundred plant workers have been evacuated.

Prime Minister Kan has expressed anger with the plant operator, TEPCO, for its failure to notify authorities promptly of developments at the site.

This is bad, very bad.

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