A M6.7 (6.8 according to the USGS) earthquake hit the north shore of Japan today. I’ve heard of at least 6 fatalities, and that the quake caused a fire at a nuclear power plant. My Japanese is a little rusty (I learned it all from reading menus), but some of the video here is interesting. In particular, I am always looking for how people react in the videos. Most of the time people look confused and rarely do they do what they are supposed to do. Never having been in a large earthquake, I am in no position to criticize, but maybe it says something about our earthquakle preparedness?
UPDATE 11:14 PM my time – Reports are now that a very small amount of contaminated water leaked out of the reactor and into the Sea of Japan. In addition, another M6.8 quake hit the same region, farther out at sea and fairly deep (316 km according to the USGS, compared to the earlier one at 55km,) so we’ll see if it does much damage.