I've had a few people ask me about California due to friends/ relations being there - unfortunately I don't have a lot of info on this just yet but here is what I have. Anyone with more info please post.
1449: Houses and other buildings are also ablaze across large swathes of land in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture, near Sendai, footage broadcast by Japanese TV shows. The city has a population of 74,000.
1445: More on the travel disruption caused by the earthquake: Virgin Atlantic has said its daily London-Tokyo service will not operate on Saturday or Sunday, the UK's Press Association reports. But British Airways is scheduled to operate one flight to Narita and one to Haneda on Saturday.
1444: A large waterfront area near Sendai, the city closest to the epicentre, is on fire, Japanese TV is reporting.
1454: Queen Elizabeth II has sent a message of sympathy to Emperor of Japan following the massive earthquake and tsunami. "I was saddened to hear of the tragic loss of life caused by the earthquake which has struck north east Japan today. Prince Philip joins me in extending our heartfelt sympathy to your majesty and the people of Japan. Our prayers and thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by the dreadful disaster."
1451: Another five powerful aftershocks measuring around 5.5 magnitude have just rattled the eastern coast of Japan in quick succession, the US Geological Survey reports.
Phones are down in many parts of Tokyo but they still have internet access. Please help me to keep updating this thread with information or post any information you find on YouTube, Twitter, Bebo, Facebook as these are reported to be the most used sites for information currently