Sometimes there's just too much to try and figure out a "correct" way to say it.
Even if you don't know much or anything about earthquakes or plate tectonics, this should click something in your brain.
I see things like this, and this, and so much more, and it just breaks my heart. Hurt and pain and destruction in a place I hold very close to my heart (for more reasons than I can possibly start to list), and there's very little I can do to help. Donate some money, maybe. Pray, continuously. But what could I possibly to to fix this? Nothing. All I can do is know that other people are doing what they can, even if it's not much, and that Japan is holding out hope.
What will happen to the nuclear reactors? I don't know. How long will it take for Japan to rebuild what's been damaged? I don't know. I can't know anything, really.
I do, though, firmly believe that Japan will recover from this, no matter what our news tabloids say about the declining population, or whatever else. They made it through so many wars, two nuclear bombs, countless other earthquakes and tsunamis... they'll make it through this too, no matter what happens. After all,
地震 = earthquake
自信 = confidence
and they are both pronounced "jishin." I feel like that means something.