At 2:46PM local time, a magnitude 8.8 (8.9 according to the US Geographical Survey) earthquake rocked northeastern Japan
, causing massive property damage, sparking wildfires, and triggering tsunamis that have slammed into northern parts of the country including the Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures. At least four power nuclear plants have shut down, and fires broke out in the city center of Sendai. As of this writing, over 300 are confirmed dead, with the toll expected to rise further.
Numerous figures in the anime and games industries have taken to Twitter to get the word out of their safety, including the following:
- Bleach creator Tite Kubo
- Love Hina creator Ken Akamatsu
- Wedding Peach creator Nao Yazawa
- TOKYOPOP head honcho Stu Levy.
- Voice actress Aya Hirano
- Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima
- No More Heroes creator Goichi “Suda51” Suda
- Last Guardian designer Fumito Ueda
This is something that I’ll comment and expand upon later today, as I’m literally posting this on my lunch break, but I wish those affected by the disaster well, and sincerely hope that as many people as possible are safe in the aftermath.