2011 Sendai Earthquake News Round-Up:
Nuclear Plant Explosion: Several injuries reported after an explosion at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (see video below) caused by a pumping system failure damaged the building housing nuclear reactor No. 1, but did not not damage the reactor itself; French Nuclear Safety Authority: Favorable winds will blow radioactive pollution from explosion out over Pacific; Japanese PM Naoto Kan: I will take all necessary measures to keep residents safe from harm; evacuation area around plant expanded to 12 miles, 45,000 evacuated so far; seawater is being usedin “last-ditch effort” to avoid a meltdown; STRATFOR: Meltdown already taking place; AP: “[M]eltdown may not pose a widespread danger“; FEMA: What to doduring a nuclear power plant emergency; additional tips at SLOG; Reddit AMA: “I live in Fukushima city.”
Around The Internet: Twitter gangs up on CNN reporter for allegedly making Godzilla joke; Family Guy writer tweets insensitive Pearl Harbor joke, retracts it; Pearl Harbor meme sweeps Facebook; contrary to Internet rumors, Pokémon creator Satoshi Tajiri is alive and well.
Incredible footage of reclaimed ground rupturing in Chiba City. (via.)
Tsunami washes away cars outside Sendai Airport. (via.)
The earthquake as experienced from the 22nd floor of Tokyo office building. (via.)
Further Viewing: Interactive map of videos from CNN iReporters.