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Donation Info12:11 a.m.

The Yokosuka Navy Exchange will post a box in front of the store for blankets, clothing, baby items and personal hygiene donations starting Tuesday. The Chapel of Hope is also accepting monetary donations.

-Erik Slavin

Yokota power outage Tuesday10:30 p.m.

There will be a scheduled power outage Tuesday at Yokota Air Base between 6:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. The power outage will be a total of 3 hours in duration, starting between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m., according to message posted on the base's Facebook page.

-- Dave Ornauer

The road to Ofunato9:05 p.m.

Stars and Stripes reporters Travis Tritten and T.D. Flack are traveling with U.S. and British search-and-rescue teams to the devastated town of Ofunato in Iwate prefecture.

Here’s their latest dispatch from the road:

The teams are bedding down for the evening in a school gymnasium in the town of Sumita, about 12 miles from our destination. Japanese officials deemed it too dangerous to begin the search-and-rescue mission at night because of the ongoing threat of a tsunami and the fact that another quake shook the area this afternoon. The teams will begin operations at daybreak. They seem to be taking it in stride.

- Chris Carlson

U.S. Army Japan sending team to Sendai8:25 p.m.

U.S. Army Japan answered the call for additional personnel to assist in relief operations Monday, mobilizing a ten-person team to northern Japan.

U.S. Forces Japan and their Japan Self Defense Force counterparts requested the additional personnel from USARJ be made up of a team of translators, personnel from the Army Corps of Engineers, communications experts and combat medics. They will augment existing personnel and help assess what is needed for the disaster relief effort in the Sendai area, said USARJ officials.

-- Grant Okubo

DODDS Pacific cancels activities8:15 p.m.

DODDS Pacific officials announced that Far East Junior Science & Humanities at Tsukuba City, Junior ROTC Drill at Kadena High School and Linguafest in Seoul, each scheduled this month, have all been canceled, along with all DODDS Japan sports activities this week. Reasons: Safety, concerns over disruption by rolling blackouts, gasoline shortages and the possibility of more quakes and aftershocks.

-- Dave Ornauer

Edgren student-athletes all home8:15 p.m.

The remaining 39 Robert D. Edgren High School baseball, softball, soccer and track and field athletes, stranded at Yokota Air Base after Friday's earthquake and all their games last weekend were called off, finally made it home this evening on a C-130 from Yokota. The plane touched down just after 7:30 p.m. at Misawa Air Base, according to DODDS Japan district transportation officer Milt Colon and district superintendent Clayton Fujie.

-- Dave Ornauer

Long lines at the pump7:41 p.m.

Misawa Air Base residents wait in line for gasoline at the base gas station on Monday. There is some confusion on the ration situation, but for now, at least, residents are able to gas up a bit.

Update from the road to Ofunato6:10 p.m.

Stars and Stripes reporters Travis Tritten and T.D. Flack are traveling with U.S. and British search-and-rescue teams to the devastated town of Ofunato in Iwate prefecture.

Here’s their latest take from the road:

We’re about 30 miles from Ofunato. We’re traveling through the mountains. On the other side is our destination. There’s snow on the ground and people driving on the roads.

Seems pretty normal.

People are waving to the convoy as we pass. At a rest stop restaurant owners came and offered free rice balls to everyone in the convoy. They smiled and were pleasant and said they had seen the convoy on TV.

We are told that once we get to the other side of the mountain, there will be no phone service. All the power towers have been destroyed.

– Chris Carlson

Power back on at Misawa Air Base5:55 p.m.

Family housing at Misawa has electricity, according to a message posted by Col. Al Wimmer, 35th Fighter Wing vice commander, at 3:35 p.m. Monday on AFN Misawa’s Facebook site.

“We’re getting enough power from the electrical grid to power just that,” he said. “Everything else you see with lights on, with the exception of the BX and Commissary, is being powered by generator, back-up power sources.” Generators are being flown to Misawa from other bases in the region, he said.

-- Ashley Rowland

Keikyu Line trains suspended5:27 p.m.

TOKYO - All Keikyu lines were suspended after 3:30 p.m. Monday, according to a train company press release.

Because the number of commuters were expected to be well over what they can handle, Keikyu decided to suspend their trains, it stated.

The company said that passenger safety is a priority, and there was too great a risk of injury due to overcrowding.

The line runs through the Tokyo wards of Minato, Shinagawa, Ota and the Kanagawa municipalities of Kawasaki, Yokohama and Yokosuka.

-- Hana Kusumoto

Fukushima plant woes mount4 p.m.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said during a press conference that the level of cooling water of No. 2 reactor at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant was found decreasing. He said that preparation is under way to fill seawater in it to keep the reactor pressure under control.

Meanwhile, Edano said that it was learned that a total of 11 people injured in the explosion at No. 2 plant, including four SDF members, who sustained minor injured and no treatments were required. Of the rest seven individuals, employees of the power plant, one was seriously wounded but remains conscious, he said.

Another hydrogen explosion rocked reactor No. 3 earlier in the day.

"The reactor building exploded but the primary containment vessel was not damaged. The control room of unit 3 remains operational," the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a statement.

-- Chiyomi Sumida

Search-and-rescue convoy halfway to destination4:14 p.m.

Stars and Stripes reporters Travis Tritten and Tim Flack are traveling with U.S. and British search-and-rescue teams to the devastated town of Ofunato in Iwate prefecture.

Here’s their latest take from the road: The convoy is a few miles from the city of Morioka, about the halfway point to Ofunato. The teams were cleared earlier by the U.S. military to complete the trip to the ravaged fishing village after concerns of another tsunami passed, and are expected to arrive at its destination around sunset. The highway is deserted except for a large convoy of JSDF troop and emergency vehicles that passed a few minutes ago and headed in the opposite direction. No devastation to report at this time.

– Chris Carlson

More on the gas shortages4:12

Shawn Dorcy, Japan area manager for AAFES, tells our own Grant Okubo:“We are continuing to work through our contract liaisons Defense Energy Support Center (DESC) officials who assist us in working with companies who supply gas to Exchange facilities in Japan and Okinawa to ensure fuel is available for all our valued customers.

“We contract with local suppliers who supply our Exchange facilities with fuel through a DESC contract.”

DESC’s offices are back in the States, so we'll be looking to ask them the obvious question : If there are shortages on the economy, what's the agreement with the bases? How is the pain spread?

-- Patrick Dickson

Cooling device at Fukushima's No. 2 reactor fails4:08 p.m.

Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said that a cooling device for the reactor of No. 2 power plant at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant completely failed to operate at 1:25 p.m. There are five reactors altogether at Fukushima. The No. 1 reactor, Fukushima-Daiichi, is where the first major explosion happened.

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-- Chiyomi Sumida, Patrick Dickson

Japanese police give new casualty counts3:51

Japanese Police Agency updated the fatality of the earthquake to 1,647 people while 1,720 are still missing and 1,990 people were injured, as of noon on Monday. Meanwhile, police officers found about 200 to 300 unidentified bodies in Sendai in Miyagi prefecture. But what is unconfirmed will like likely send totals far higher.

According to several media reports: The police chief of Miyagi prefecture estimated more than 10,000 people were killed there, police spokesman Go Sugawara said. Only about 400 people in the state of 2.3 million have been confirmed dead so far.

In the Miyagi town of Minamisanrikucho, 10,000 people -- nearly two-thirds of the population -- have not been heard from since the tsunami wiped it out, a government spokesman said.

-- Chiyomi Sumida, Patrick Dickson

Information on evacuation of DODEA students3:24 p.m.

TOKYO – At the request of several parents, Stars and Stripes asked DODEA officials if there was a way to let them know where their children would be evacuated in case of an emergency during school hours. Here’s the response from DODEA spokesman Charly Hoff: “The safety and security of our students and employees are top priorities. Due to OPSEC, we do not publish specific locations where students would gather during an emergency evacuation. DoDEA Pacific schools have standard emergency management procedures for responding to threats and natural disasters. Evacuation locations are pre-coordinated with base officials and exercised at least once a year. Parents with questions about emergency procedures should contact their child's school to learn more.”

– Chris Carlson

Mudslides and gas shortages in northern Japan3:05 p.m.

(Stars and Stripes reporter Charlie Reed is on the road, trying to reach the devastated city of Sendai. Here's her report from the highway.)Mud from a landslide remained on Route 4 just north of Nihonmatsu, forcing northbound cars to detour on Monday morning.Muddy orange dirt covered the road. Also blocking the roadway were a tractor-trailer and another vehicle that were caught in the landslide, which occurred Friday during the monstrous earthquake, authorities at the scene said Monday. Route 4 has become the primary north-south road in the region since authorities closed the Tohoku Expressway to the public after the earthquake.Northbound traffic was briefly re-routed through the town of Fushiogami on what locals called “old Route 4,” near Fukushima City, approximately 40 miles northwest of the coastal nuclear power plant on the brink of meltdown. ...Most gas stations along Route 4 and in the surrounding area were closed and posted signs in Japanese saying it was unclear when more fuel would be available. The few gas stations that were open Monday were rationing fuel sales, limiting purchases to about seven liters. One motorist said he had been waiting for hours just before an attendant ran into the road flashing a sign that said the gas station was dry.

- Pat Dickson

UNFJ commander to hold town hall on Yokosuka2:23 p.m.

Rear Adm. Richard Wren, Commander U.S. Naval Forces Japan, and other top Navy officials are hosting a town hall meeting on Yokosuka Naval Base at 5 p.m. tonight at the Benny Decker Theater. Wren and others will provide an overview of current operations. There will also be a question-and-answer session. All Defense Department personnel are invited to attend.

- Erik Slavin

Misawa DODDS schools to remain closed Tuesday2:15 p.m.

AFN-Tokyo's and Misawa Air Base's Facebook pages said Monday morning that all DODDS schools at Misawa will be closed for at least today and Tuesday.

- Dave Ornauer

Japanese SDF call reservists1:40 p.m.

Japanese Self-Defense Forces are preparing to convene reservists and retired members to join in the rescue and relief operations, for the first time in Self-Defense Forces history, according to a spokesman for the ministry. So far 6,500 reservists responded, indicating their willingness to participate in the operation, he said. Upon approval of Prime Minister Kan, Minister of Defense Toshimi Kitazawa is to convene the reservists, who are expected to report within five days, the spokesman said.

- Chiyomi Sumida

U-2 from Osan records images over Japan1:15 p.m.

A U-2 “Dragonlady” from Osan Air Base’s 5th Reconnaissance Squadron flew over Japan on Sunday, capturing high-resolution, broad-area synoptic imagery of the country’s earthquake-altered landscape and coastline, according to the 51st Fighter Wing. The aircraft’s film, taken from an altitude of more than 70,000 feet, was shipped to Beale Air Force Base, Calif., on Monday morning for analysis by the 9th Intelligence Squadron, a process that is expected to take several days. The U-2 departed from and returned to Osan on Sunday, according to a wing spokesman. Squadron commander Lt. Col. Spencer Thomas said in a press release that the film will help officials determine the locations and extent of damage caused by Friday’s earthquake and tsunami.

"The broad, synoptic collection of large land mass and littorals are of great benefit to decision makers," he said.

- Ashley Rowland

DODDS athletic events canceled12:58 p.m.

TOKYO - All DODDS athletics activities in mainland Japan have been cancelled for the rest of the week, DODDS-Japan District Superintendant Clayton Fujie told Stars and Stripes sports reporter Dave Ornauer. DODDS officials are fearful of more aftershocks and also concerned about the rolling power outages, Fujie said.

– Chris Carlson

Pacific fuel rationing update12:32 p.m.

Yokosuka Naval Base, Negishi and Ikego: Has placed a 10 gallon per vehicle/per person gas ration. The duration of the fuel rationing has not yet been determined and will be evaluated on a day to day basis, said Navy Exchange officials.

Misawa Air Base: Has placed a 10 gallon per vehicle/per person gas ration at this time.Sasebo Naval Base: Has no planned gas rationing at this time.Yokota Air Base: Has no planned gas rationing at this time.Camp Fuji: Has no planned gas rationing at this time.Camp Zama: Has no planned gas rationing at this timeNaval Air Facility Atsugi: Had no response at this time

- Grant Okubo

Explosion at Fukushima No. 3 nuclear plant12:25 p.m.

An explosion occurred at 11:01 a.m. at the No. 3 plant of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, which was followed by a significant amount of smoke, NHK reported. The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency believes the cause for the hydrogen explosion was the same as for the No. 1 plant explosion. While evacuation orders have been issued to residents living within 20 kilometers in radius, there are about 600 residents yet to evacuate. The agency advised them to stay indoors, with windows closed.

Six workers were injured in the explosion, according to the Tokyo Electric Power Company. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said during a press conference shortly after the explosion that the container that houses the reactor at No. 3 plant was intact and it is unlikely that radiation was released outside. “I talked to the director at the plant and confirmed that the container is intact,” Edano said. “My understanding is that there is very little possibility that large quantity of radiation to disperse into the air.”

- Chiyomi Sumida

Yokota won’t lose power Monday12:15 p.m.

TOKYO - Yokota Air Base will not lose power from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. as previously scheduled, according to base officials.

- Chris Carlson

Residents in northeaster Japan warned of possible tsunami11:55 a.m.

TOKYO – Japan Self-Defense personnel and officials in northeastern Japan are warning residents that the area could be hit by another tsunami and are ordering residents to higher ground, The Associated Press reported.Sirens around the town of Soma went off late Monday morning and public address systems ordered residents to higher ground.Kyodo News Agency said the tsunami could be 10 feet high, citing Fukushima prefectural officials, according to AP.

– Chris Carlson

Earthquake hitting Japan economy hard11:15 a.m.

TOKYO - Friday’s devastating quake and tsunami has caused tens of billions of dollars in losses, The Associated Press is reporting. On the first day of stock trading since the 8.9-magnitude quake, it was evident that Japan’s fragile economy is in for a battle. The benchmark Nikkei 225 stock average shed 494 points, or 4.8 percent, to 9,760.45 just after the market opened Monday, according to AP. Japan’s central bank responded by injecting 7 trillion yen, or about $85.5 billion, into money markets.

– Chris Carlson

Rolling blackouts in Tokyo causing confusion, long lines at train stations10 a.m.

Due to scheduled rolling blackouts, many trains were delayed or suspended in the Tokyo Metropolitan area Monday morning. Japanese TV stations showed images of long lines of commuters waiting for trains that stretched outside of stations.

- Hana Kusumoto

Japanese official: Fukushima radiation rise no cause for alarm8:20 a.m.

TOKYO - Naoki Kumagai, an official at Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, said Monday morning that there’s no need to be overly alarmed by the radiation rise at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, although he says the level is higher than the legal limit., according to The Associated Press.He stressed that levels would be much higher if the reactor were on the verge of a meltdown.Friday’s 8.9 magnitude quake caused major problems at six reactors. The danger is greatest at two reactors at Dai-ichi. One explosion occurred Saturday and a second is feared, officials say.

– Chris Carlson

Electricity, gas back up at Misawa7:55 a.m.

Electricity is back to a large portion of Misawa’s main base, according to reporter Tim Flack. AAFES gas station is open, but limiting sales to 10 gallons. Commissary is open Monday for full service.

– Chris Carlson

Two more DODEA schools delayed6:40 a.m.

Due to the rolling power outages, Ikego Elementary and Byrd Elementary will be delayed until 11 a.m. Monday, according to DODEA spokesman Charly Hoff.

– Chris Carlson

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