Lord, have mercy.
From BBC live coverage page
(at the time of writing this post)
- A large explosion has occurred at the Fukushima-Daiichi - or Fukushima I - nuclear power plant in north-eastern Japan, close to the epicentre of Friday's earthquake. Officials fear a meltdown at one of the plant's reactors. Tens of thousands of people in the surrounding area have been urged to evacuate
- A mammoth relief operation has swung into action to help those affected by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. The military has mobilised thousands of troops, 300 planes and 40 ships
- Officials say more than 1,000 people are feared dead, with fears that the death toll could rise significantly. One of the worst-hit areas was the port city of Sendai
- Police say 215,000 people have fled their homes, and there are reports that whole villages have been swept away
- The 8.9 magnitude tremor has been confirmed as the fifth strongest to occur anywhere in the world in the past 100 years. More than 50 aftershocks - many of them more than magnitude 6.0 - have also been reported