Today in Japan…

The latest estimate is that there may have been up to 10,000 people killed.

In one coastal town alone — Minami Sanriku, in Myagi Prefecture — some 9,500 people, half the town’s population, were unaccounted for.  Rescuers trudging through water-logged, debris-filled streets found the city of Sendai in ruins. Cars were stacked on top of one another; and a carpet of sludge covered the remains of what used to be homes.  Sendai lies 130 kilometers (80 miles) east of the earthquake epicenter.  About 2.5 million households — just over 4% of the total in Japan — were without electricity Sunday, said Ichiro Fujisaki, the nation’s U.S. ambassador. Lights were turned off in most landmarks to save energy, including the Tokyo Tower and Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo.

Horrific.