What’s it look like inside Fukushima Daiichi? Well, at least some of it looks like this, This footage from TEPCO shows a couple of robots that are working in one reactor — even though it’s not especially illuminating from an information standpoint, it’s yet very haunting footage. source
»And don’t forget about Japan’s other problems: Prime Minister Naoto Kan was pretty unpopular prior to the earthquake and tsunami that decimated the country, and his abilities at crisis management haven’t escaped public criticism. Reuters reports that many Japanese are unhappy with the Prime Minister’s focus on the nuclear crisis, feeling that not enough attention is being paid to other pressing humanitarian tolls caused by the earthquake; the number of dead or missing currently sits at 28,000 people, though obviously that estimate is changing all the time. source
At the water’s edge: Chilling new amateur video footage of the tsunami that swept away entire Japanese towns and villages. This seems as good a time as any to remind everyone of something we’ve mentioned frequently- if you’re going to donate, first of all, thank you, and second of all, do so intelligently. The idea of people trying to financially exploit natural disasters and human suffering is self-evidently disgusting, and as such informed decisions are important. (EDIT: idroolinmysleep notes that the BBC has a longer version of the clip.) source
» Obviously, they’re softer than the big one. That said, two more earthquakes (there have reportedly been dozens of lesser quakes and aftershocks since the 9.0 cataclysm last week) shook Japan Tuesday, clocking in at 6.1 and 6.2 on the Richter scale. The latter quake struck an area roughly seventy miles south of Tokyo, while the former hit about sixty miles from the Hamaoka Nuclear Plant, which as you might expect made people a little nervous. Hamaoka has, thankfully, been functioning properly and without incident since the quake, but with the myriad of tragedies and fears the Japanese people presently have, we somehow doubt any rumble has the capacity to feel minor anymore. Here’s hoping the ground will stay still for a while.