Doug Lerner reports from Tokyo and St. Louis, and points beyond…

Some summary statistics so far:

  – Confirmed dead: 14,755
  – Missing (mostly presumed dead): 10,706
  – Destroyed buildings: 45,700


  – Since 3/11 there have been 1,152 earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or greater. 
  – Yesterday (Friday 5/6) there were 8 earthquakes of M4.6 or greater, including 3 earthquakes greater than M5, the largest being M5.6. Because of location, I only felt 2 of them, and they seemed like minor shakes.

Other news:
Tepco starts flooding No. 1 reactor vessel
Tepco increases the water being pumped into the No. 1 reactor at the crippled Fukushima power plant to submerge its damaged fuel and provide a stabler way of cooling it.

Kan requests full closure of Hamaoka power plant
Prime Minister Naoto Kan instructs a utility to shut down a nuclear power plant in central Honshu because a major quake or tsunami is widely expected to hit the region.


Comments on: "May 7 update on Japan earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant" (1)

  1. yackle01 said:

    Doug, Thanks again. A major earthquake and tsunami in 30 years is terrible. 30 years is a short time but it gives the nation time to prepare and you to get out. Just be safe!! Love, Muttle

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