The Ghibli Blog will be continuing to cover the tragedy in Japan. If anyone has any manga- or anime-related news from Japan that needs to be shared, please contact me.
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* As reported in an earlier earthquake thread, the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka is closed for the week, and will remain closed until further notice.
* Fukushima Daiichi reactors 1-3 have been critically damaged. Reactor #4 is now on fire (possibly a spent fuel fire) and the situation is rapidly spiraling out of control. A third explosion has now been observed. Evacuation has now been expanded up to 30km (20 miles) from the power plant.
* A No-fly zone for 30-km radius over Fukushima plant is now in effect, according to government officials.
* The New York Times has a sobering news account of the ongoing nuclear catastrophe at Fukushima:
Japan faced the likelihood of a catastrophic nuclear accident Tuesday morning, as an explosion at the most crippled of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station damaged its crucial steel containment structure, emergency workers were withdrawn from the plant, and much larger emissions of radioactive materials appeared immiment, according to official statements and industry executives informed about the developments.
* Police are reporting that they expect the number of fatalities in the port city of Minamisanriku to exceed 10,000. The town's total population is 17,000.
* The following videos were recorded as the tsunami struck northern Japan. I've highlighted the links before, and now I'm sharing them here on The Ghibli Blog:
* Here are some of the latest photos from Reuters in Japan: