It's a small world and just about anywhere most of us have friends and associates in most areas of the world, so when a tragedy like this hits, it hits close to home.
My heart goes out for everyone that is suffering through this catastrophe and we're doing what we can to help.
After talking to people we know, there is a lot of frustration and some fear with in correct information.
Some of it probably is non professional reporting, though a lot of it comes from the crisis itself, as things change quickly and verifying rumors is much more difficult that starting one.
The upside, if there is an upside, is the Japanese are a strong, sophisticated and proud culture that will make it right in time.