2. They are experiencing rolling 3 hour blackouts, but they are mainly outside the business districts. As far as I can tell, outside of SE's district.
Just to qualify this for accuracy's sake, SE is headquartered in Tokyo, according to Naoki Yoshida's Letter from the Producer VI (3/16/2011). The French and German localization teams have flown back to their respective countries, and from what I can tell, the Japanese government is instructing some people to leave Tokyo if they can.
Helicopters are dropping water on nuclear reactors in a desperate effort to quell radioactive leaks. The UN is reporting that a radioactive plume will hit Southern California by Friday. Top US officials claim the situation is deteriorating rapidly and that there will be "no happy ending." Could these claims and reports be incorrect? Absolutely. But if I'm a betting man, and I am, there's no way in **** I'd wager that the servers will be up within 2 weeks.
Please consider making a financial donation to charities in Japan (refer to my previous post and be wary of scams). A local benefit hosted by a group of lazy, booze-addled rockers was able to raise $1300 for World Vision JP. Every little bit helps, and thinking that doing little isn't good enough and therefore choosing to do nothing is a mistake. Edited, Mar 16th 2011 11:38pm by HardHotThrobbingAetherite