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3/23 22:08 DAMAGED BUILDINGS UPDATE:
The National Police Agency estimates the number of damaged buildings across the Tohoku and Kanto regions to be over 135,000 including the approximate 18,000 that are completely destroyed.  Here are some figures from the most devastated prefectures:
Miyagi - 12,598 buildings completely destroyed
Iwate - 2,528 buildings completely destroyed
Fukushima - 2,413 buildings completely destroyed

3/23 22:08 DAMAGED BUILDINGS UPDATE:

The National Police Agency estimates the number of damaged buildings across the Tohoku and Kanto regions to be over 135,000 including the approximate 18,000 that are completely destroyed.  Here are some figures from the most devastated prefectures:

  • Miyagi - 12,598 buildings completely destroyed
  • Iwate - 2,528 buildings completely destroyed
  • Fukushima - 2,413 buildings completely destroyed
Gasoline prices are getting higher with a ¥2.7 average increase from last week.  In the Miyagi, Iwate, and other Tohoku prefectures, the average price per liter of gas is ¥152.8 (¥4.7 increase) while in Tokyo, Kanagawa, and other Kanto prefectures, it is ¥151.6 (¥3 increase).
It has been 2 years and 5 months since gasoline prices in Japan were in the ¥150 range.

Gasoline prices are getting higher with a ¥2.7 average increase from last week.  In the Miyagi, Iwate, and other Tohoku prefectures, the average price per liter of gas is ¥152.8 (¥4.7 increase) while in Tokyo, Kanagawa, and other Kanto prefectures, it is ¥151.6 (¥3 increase).

It has been 2 years and 5 months since gasoline prices in Japan were in the ¥150 range.

Takashi Yanase, the creator of one of the most popular children’s cartoon series, 'Anpanman', published a new illustration with a message of support on the Anpanman official website.
Also on the site, is a new animated short with the characters from the series, sending their words of encouragement to the children who are suffering from the earthquake/tsunami.

Takashi Yanase, the creator of one of the most popular children’s cartoon series, 'Anpanman', published a new illustration with a message of support on the Anpanman official website.

Also on the site, is a new animated short with the characters from the series, sending their words of encouragement to the children who are suffering from the earthquake/tsunami.

NOBEL BIOCARE TO DONATE €1 MILLION TOWARDS JAPAN RELIEF

Dental company based in Switzerland, Nobel Biocare, confirmed that they will be donating €1 million (approx. ¥115 million) from their Japan branch.

6.1M AFTERSHOCK @ 17:21

Details: Ishimaki City in the Miyagi prefecture epicenter, 5 seismic intensity, 20 meters deep, may cause small rise in tidal waves but no tsunami.

AOMORI PREFECTURE: ACCEPTING APPROX. 6,000 EVACUEES FROM FUKUSHIMA INTO HOTELS

Governor Mimura of the Aomori prefecture announced to the press that he is able to accept a capacity of about 6,000 evacuees into hotels and japanese style inns across the prefecture.  This is in response to the many residents in Fukushima who have been forced to evacuate from their homes due to the nuclear crisis.

2 TEPCO WORKERS SENT TO THE FUKUSHIMA CITY HOSPITAL, RADIATION EXPOSURE

According to the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, at 12:10pm, 3 TEPCO workers who were in the Fukushima Power Plant No. 1 turbine building of tank 3 were highly exposed to radiation.  The radiation exposure measured between 170-180 microsieverts on all 3 workers.  

However, radioactive substances were detected on the skin of 2 workers, who were then sent to the city hospital.  They will be moved to the National Institute of Radiological Sciences in the Chiba prefecture to be further analyzed.

Details on their health status have yet to be announced.

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3/24 2:34 DEATH TOLL UPDATE:
As of yesterday night at 22:39, the death toll is 9,487 with only 5,770 bodies identified.  Out of the 5,770 bodies that have been identified, 5,210 have been distributed back to their families.  Here are some figures from the most devastated areas:
Miyagi 5,714
Iwate - 2,939
Including the 15,617 missing, the National Police Agency estimates the final death toll to exceed 25,000.

3/24 2:34 DEATH TOLL UPDATE:

As of yesterday night at 22:39, the death toll is 9,487 with only 5,770 bodies identified.  Out of the 5,770 bodies that have been identified, 5,210 have been distributed back to their families.  Here are some figures from the most devastated areas:

  • Miyagi 5,714
  • Iwate - 2,939

Including the 15,617 missing, the National Police Agency estimates the final death toll to exceed 25,000.

JUST RELEASED:  TOKYO FIRE FIGHTING AGENCY WATERING EFFORTS FROM THE 18-19TH.

The Tokyo Fire Fighting Agency released footage of their watering efforts at the Fukushima Power Plant No. 1.  They are monitoring radiation levels while conducting watering operations (you can hear a long beeping sound which means that radiation levels are above the limit).

Click the link to watch/support their efforts.

WFP: $1.17 MILLION WORTH OF SUPPLIES TO BE SENT OVER, ALL FUNDRAISED MONEY

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) collected 57,000 blankets and many other necessary supplies from various participating countries to be sent over to Japan.  These support goods are worth a total of $1,170,000.

This is also the first time that the WFP is using fundraised money only for support activities.

The Sendai City Hospital received a steady gas supply yesterday morning at 9am, after almost 2 weeks of a supply cut.  Due to the supply cut, they were unable to keep the building’s heating systems running (despite below 0ºC temperatures) in order to conserve their emergency gas supply.
The hospital staff and the 37 patients now have proper heating.

The Sendai City Hospital received a steady gas supply yesterday morning at 9am, after almost 2 weeks of a supply cut.  Due to the supply cut, they were unable to keep the building’s heating systems running (despite below 0ºC temperatures) in order to conserve their emergency gas supply.

The hospital staff and the 37 patients now have proper heating.

Yahoo is starting a program where people can buy rice for certain organizations that are stationed in the Tohoku area, which is then distributed to those who have been severely affected by the earthquake/tsunami.

Click the link to support (unfortunately the information is only given in Japanese).

3/24 FUKUSHIMA POWER PLANT NO. 1 UPDATE:
All the tanks from 1-4 are receiving power from an external power source but the teams are still conducting inspections in order to restore the cooling systems in the tanks.  Here are the events that happened yesterday at the Fukushima Power Plant No. 1:
Tank 1:  reactor temperature reached 400ºC, 2:23am began construction to change pipelines and increase water flow, 2pm temperature went down to a safer level of 322ºC
Tank 2: extremely high levels of radiation measured a little before 3pm, workers evacuated and could not proceed with cooling system inspections
Tank 3:  4:20pm black smoke generated, Tokyo Fire Fighting Agency and Yokohama Fire Department could not proceed scheduled watering operations, 5pm press conference confirmed smoke decreasing w/ no sign of effect on radiation levels
Tank 4:  10am TEPCO began watering operations with concrete truck for about 3 hours, 150 tons of water injected into spent fuel rods pool
Note:  Tanks 5 and 6 have already successfully reached a cold shutdown.

3/24 FUKUSHIMA POWER PLANT NO. 1 UPDATE:

All the tanks from 1-4 are receiving power from an external power source but the teams are still conducting inspections in order to restore the cooling systems in the tanks.  Here are the events that happened yesterday at the Fukushima Power Plant No. 1:

Tank 1:  reactor temperature reached 400ºC, 2:23am began construction to change pipelines and increase water flow, 2pm temperature went down to a safer level of 322ºC

Tank 2: extremely high levels of radiation measured a little before 3pm, workers evacuated and could not proceed with cooling system inspections

Tank 3:  4:20pm black smoke generated, Tokyo Fire Fighting Agency and Yokohama Fire Department could not proceed scheduled watering operations, 5pm press conference confirmed smoke decreasing w/ no sign of effect on radiation levels

Tank 4:  10am TEPCO began watering operations with concrete truck for about 3 hours, 150 tons of water injected into spent fuel rods pool

Note:  Tanks 5 and 6 have already successfully reached a cold shutdown.