Authorities are projecting around 1000 deaths. This early death toll estimate was wildly optimistic – the final figure will be tens of thousands at least. I don’t think any of our regular commenters live in Japan, nor anywhere in the northern Pacific likely to be tsunami-affected, but I’m sure we must have lurkers there. I wish you all safe. Please use this as an open thread on any news.
As always in the wake of disasters, internet scammers will be working on creating bogus charities etc to exploit people’s generosity. If in doubt, it’s better to stick to the Red Cross/Crescent, Doctors Without Borders, Oxfam etc. and always go to their official websites by typing the URL directly into a browser rather than clicking on a link in an email.