Hopefully they'll be alright, and that Japan will recover soon after all this is over.
I'm a bit worried about the tsunami's though, about half my family lives in Papua New Guinea, but now that I think about it most of them live towards the southern shore so they should be alright.
Apparently Japan was predicted to get one, I assume that's why they had preparations in place. Prevention has lessened the death toll, and with people in other countries evacuating right now it should lessen the global death toll.
Also: BBC report says the death toll is 44.
Live coverage here: Link
I feel bad for the team of specialized urban search and rescue workers who are over here from Japan as well, they must be wishing they were home to help out right now.
And yea we're on Tsunami alert here, but apparently it's unlikely if we do get hit that it will be big enough to do any real damage.
Preperation was not scaled for the power of an 8.9 earthquake though. This is really bad.
If we just rewind ourselves to last year, the Haiti quake killed well over 300000 people.
[Edited by HonestGamer, 3/11/2011 9:47:31 AM]
Hopefully relief aid can get out there quickly and the resulting tsunamis from this whole thing don't hit anything major.