Friday, March 11, 2011, Japan was hit by an 8.9 earthquake at approximately 2:46 pm. Due to the earthquake, people were stranded all over the country, to include Disney theme parks in Tokyo. The worst destruction occured in northern Japan, however. The Fukushima I nuclear power plant was shut down following damages caused by the earthquake. Later, an exterior plant wall blew up. Overall, the radiation fallout from this is expected to be relatively low levels.
Not only has the earthquake caused numerous deaths, injuries, and other potential health risks, it is also a threat to industry. Many Japanese industries have been hurt due to the earthquake, including its automotive and electronic industries. The roads and railways in many parts of the country were shut down due to damages. Many airlines have also encountered problems such as delayed and/or cancelled flights due to the earthquake.
China has already offered to send navy to help with relief efforts while other countries, such as the US, are already aiding Japan. Google and twitter, not long after the initial destruction, have been doing what they can to aid Japan by helping people locate family members and keep up with ongoing news. Companies such as P&G are doing what they can to account for all employees. For those who want to help, this link provides a good overview of some of the major global organisations that are helping provide aid to Japan.
Below is a video of the tsunami that hit Japan following the earthquake: