* First, the Good News: Studio Ghibli has issued a statement on their website, reporting that their staff has suffered no injuries. I'm not entirely sure if this means the studio or just the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, which is temporarily closed. This is a relief, and it's welcome news. To many people around the world, the staff of Studio Ghibli is a part of their families.
* Now for the Bad News: The Fukushima Daiichi and Daini nuclear power plants were severely damaged by the quake and tsunami, knocking out power and cooling systems. Japan has declared a state of emergency, and is a possibility of meltdown at the Daiichi Unit1. Radiation levels inside Unit 1's control room are reported to be 1000 times the normal levels, and as many as five nuclear units are in serious risk.
NHK is reporting the detection of cesium at Daiichi Unit 1. This would indicate that some the nuclear fuel has begun to melt down (cesium is produced in a nuclear chain reaction). This news has been confirmed by the Japanese government.
Follow NHK's English-language page here. Follow Reuters' Live-Blog here.
Update: Reuters is reporting that Japan nuclear authorities have successfully released pressure at the Fukushima plant by opening its valves. This is very welcome news.
Update 12:20am Sunday: Some readers on the internet are suggesting that I was feeling relieved earlier today. I am not. For the record, I am deeply worried and fearful regarding Japan's nuclear crisis. Meltdown at one plant has been confirmed, with at least two more to follow. We are facing a catastrophe of Biblical proportions if these reactors aren't cooled.
My advice to everyone: prepare for the worst, and hope for the best.