International Atomic Energy Agency's Fukushima Nuclear Accident Update Log http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/tsunamiupdate01.html
United States Environmental Protection Agency's Japanese Nuclear Emergency
EPA's Radiation Air Monitoring
Resources in Japanese on Earthquake and Tsunami Resources as well as Fukushima Nuclear Accident
People should not try to use the regular phone lines to find out if your family and friends are safe. Use Twitter, Skype, Mixi, etc. and save the phone lines for someone who really needs it in the Tohoku area.
If the person you are looking for has a cell phone in Japan, and you know which company his/her cell phone is, you can check each company's web site and type in the phone number to see if he/she has left a message. The available areas are Aomori, Miyagi, Yamagata and Fukushima prefectures.
The Japanese Consulate in Houston
American Red Cross in Japan
Google Person Finder
It currently has a record of 7200 people. You can type in the name of person you are looking for and find out if he/she is safe.
Fukushima nuclear accident
Japan Times Online
Christian Science Monitor
Japan America Society's annual Japan Festival, scheduled for April 9 at Hermann Park may focus on disaster relief (Houston Chronicle article)
Global Issues in Context:
Several magazine, newspaper and book articles, videos, and podcasts on the current events of Japan.
More news and world coverage is available via Press Display and Global Issues in Context available from the HPL Research page.