The office of Japan’s Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, launched an English-language Twitter account Wednesday to provide information about the country’s recovery. According to the account description, the tweets are largely translations of the office’s Japanese-language account, Kantei_Saigai.

Twitter and other social media have played a big role keeping the rest of the world updated on the situation in Japan. The English-language account now has over 16,000 followers.

Demand 4 electricity has surged today. Great possibility of massive power outage in the area served by TEPCO this evening.less than a minute ago via webJPN_PMO

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