And recorded images of the tsunami swamping the Sendai coastline:
Another reporter, Steve Herman Bureau Chief of Voice of America, just twittered that nuclear "radiation levels at the plant are rising."
Kyodo news advises that it has been told that radiation is rising in the turbine building and the pressure has risen to 1.5 times the designed capacity.
Yahoo news reports:
Experts said there could be leakage if water levels in the Fukushima reactor fell and the temperature of the nuclear rods rose, though this might not happen immediately.
"Even if fuel rods are exposed, it does not mean they would start melting right away," said Tomoko Murakami, leader of the nuclear energy group at Japan's Institute of Energy Economics.
"Even if fuel rods melt and the pressure inside the reactor builds up, radiation would not leak as long as the reactor container functions well."
TEPCO confirmed that water levels were falling but it was working to avert any exposure of the nuclear fuel rods.
"There is a falling trend (in water levels) but we have not confirmed an exposure of nuclear fuel rods," a TEPCO spokesman said."
BBC has a good video report which explains the problems in Fukushima. Says that the bottom line is that nuclear engineers at Fukushima can't be sure that they will be able to contain the situation there.