The massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake that devastated Japan today was located just east of the city of Sendai, which subsequently suffered major damage due to the resulting tsunami. What you might not know is that the city is home to Nikon’s flagship manufacturing facility — the plant that produces Nikon’s professional DSLRs (e.g. D3s, D3x and D700). Fortunately, Nikon reports that there have been no reports of injuries among its employees in that city, and the plant seems to have escaped serious damage as well.
Other camera manufacturers, including Canon and Panasonic, had their factories affected by the earthquake as well. Still, any economic loss experienced is nothing compared to the horrific loss of life and livelihood experienced by countless people today, so please keep the people of Japan in your thoughts and prayers.