It's absolutely terrifying and unfathomable. The footage doesn't seem real in some of those aerials of the waves lurching over the coast. Power plants shut down, that oil refinery on fire. A few friends of mine have been trying to contact relatives in northern Japan but all the lines are down right now.
ALSO, I saw on Twitter that an unofficial watch has been raised for California. Stay safe, everyone out that way! Just in case.
A little more info on the west coast estimates: http://wcatwc.arh.noaa.gov/2011/03/11/lhvpd9/01/webetalhvpd9-01.txt
Aaaaaand damn: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/total_forecast/getprod.php?wfo=sew&pil=TSU&sid=WCA&version=0