2011 Sendai Earthquake News Round-Up:
Nuclear Plant Explosion: Several injuries reported after an explosion at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (see video below) caused by a pumping system failure damaged the building housing nuclear reactor No. 1, but did not not damage the reactor itself; French Nuclear Safety Authority: Favorable winds will blow radioactive pollution from explosion out over Pacific; Japanese PM Naoto Kan: I will take all necessary measures to keep residents safe from harm; evacuation area around plant expanded to 12 miles, 45,000 evacuated so far; seawater is being used in “last-ditch effort” to avoid a meltdown; STRATFOR: Meltdown already taking place; AP: “[M]eltdown may not pose a widespread danger”; FEMA: What to do during a nuclear power plant emergency; additional tips at SLOG; Reddit AMA: “I live in Fukushima city.”
Around The Internet: Twitter gangs up on CNN reporter for allegedly making Godzilla joke; Family Guy writer tweets insensitive Pearl Harbor joke, retracts it; Pearl Harbor meme sweeps Facebook; contrary to Internet rumors, Pokémon creator Satoshi Tajiri is alive and well.
Incredible footage of reclaimed ground rupturing in Chiba City. (via.)
Tsunami washes away cars outside Sendai Airport. (via.)
The earthquake as experienced from the 22nd floor of Tokyo office building. (via.)
Further Viewing: Interactive map of videos from CNN iReporters.
Jumping on the meme bandwagon by making this one…
- Dora The X-Plorer: Woman claims she found porn inside kids’ DVD.
- Guns For (Sex) Toys: Alabama sex shop offers to exchange guns for merchandise.
- Bikini Tuesday: Bar Refaeli.
- Pretty In Print: Keira Knightley in Madame Figaro; Jessica Alba in CLEO Australia; Katy Perry in Elle; Lady Gaga for Supreme (sNSFW); Diora Baird in GQ Italy; Paris Hilton in Vogue Turkey.
- Get To Know A Hottie: Franki Rose.
- International Beauty of the Day: Emanuela De Paula.
- OKCupid uses its data to determine the best questions for a first date.
- Dlisted: Dear Meryl, Just Come And Get Your Oscar Already.
- FilmDrunk: Steven Seagal claims to have invented the front kick.
- Nerve: The Year in Love Songs.
- Holy Taco: Hey Hipsters, Good Luck Explaining Your Love Of Irony To Your Kids.
- Late List: The 20 Hottest Photos Of Shay Maria.