But now, the country is also battling a potential nuclear meltdown at multiple nuclear facilities in Fukushima. Almost 200,000 residents have been evacuated after one of the buildings housing one of the reactors exploded (but the reactor remained in tact).
And now, there's reports of a cooling system failure at a third nuclear power plant in Tokai. Tokyo is less than 100 KM from Tokai.
It's been difficult to obtain the real story -- the biggest fear is that Japanese officials are downplaying the potential meltdown(s) while scrambling to cool down their reactors -- sort of a semi-bluff to buy more time.
Here's a recent report from RT...
To complicate matters, a volcano in southern Japan resumed its eruptions. Shinmoedake erupted in January, which concerned locals because it was the most activity the volcano has seen in over three centuries. But in the last 24 hours, the volcano unleashed ash and surrounding towns have been evacuated. With heavy rains expected, officials were concerned about mudslides.
For live updates, visit the English feed for NHK's live stream.
According to George Washington's Blog... Meltdowns at 2 reactors...and problems with 4 others.
If there's any fallout, the West Coast of the U.S. would likely be hit.
Here's a recently released video of the tsunami's destruction...
H/T to Zerohedge.