The Japanese government revised the estimated disaster death toll up from 10,000 to 15,000. It confirmed that 5,178 people had died and 2,285 were injured. The number of missing was increased to 8,913 from 7,844. Almost 200,000 households regained electricity, but this left more than 450,000 without power. Approximately 2.5m households still do not have access to water.
This devastation is nothing short of incredible. If you would like to help, please look into these online donation options. Companies like Abenity (partnering with World Vision) and LivingSocial (partnering with American Red Cross) have launched donation matching. If you are a Groupon user, you can also donate to the International Medical Corps directly from your account.
And now: links.
What to do about Japan–and what not [WhoWhatWhy]
An interactive map of major tsunamis [Slate]
Fukushima reactor explained [Open Culture]
Japan Quake Could Put Long-Term Pressure on Yen [Wall Street Journal]
‘Nuclear Boy’ explains crisis to kids [HuffPo]
On the lighter side
Does anyone understand chemistry and have a sense of humor? [Daily What]
If you have not yet seen “Friday,” the video that went viral last weekend, then here you go. [Ark Music Factory]
How long do animals live? An infographic [ClusterFlock]
UCLA Student Posts Racist Video, Internet Fires Back [URLesque]
These are some transparent creatures [National Geographic]
18 Old-Timey Photos You Won’t Believe Aren’t Photoshopped [Cracked]
When the covers of romance novels get real [Mills & Boon]