[6:09 a.m. ET, 8:09 p.m. Tokyo] Officials fear that waves from a tsunami caused by the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan could be so high that they wash over entire islands in the Pacific, a spokesman for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said Friday. – CNN

The BBC has live coverage.

CNN has live coverage as well, which is updated continually, as does TheLede, which is always great.

From Pres. Obama:

“Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the people of Japan, particularly those who have lost loved ones in the earthquake and tsunamis. The United States stands ready to help the Japanese people in this time of great trial. The friendship and alliance between our two nations is unshakeable, and only strengthens our resolve to stand with the people of Japan as they overcome this tragedy. We will continue to closely monitor tsunamis around Japan and the Pacific going forward and we are asking all our citizens in the affected region to listen to their state and local officials as I have instructed FEMA to be ready to assist Hawaii and the rest of the US states and territories that could be affected.” – Pres. Obama

UPDATE 3: Japan declares emergency at nuclear power plant. For the idiots out there from Obama to Palin who think the U.S. should double down on this “cheap” form of energy.

UPDATE 2: Latest from Stars & Stripes on troop reaction, including full report on impact in region and impacted areas. Amazing picture at the link when tsunami hit.

UPDATE: Hearing north Oregon coast is being evacuated. More on my Tumblr post.