Just off the coast of Honshu today, Japan experienced its largest earthquake ever, and one of the largest in recorded history. After several days of smaller quakes, what is currently being called the 2011 Sendai earthquake and tsunami is believed to be an 8.9 in magnitude. Aftershocks and tsunamis are expected to rock regions of the pacific rim for days, including tsunami warnings in California. You can read more here and here and here and all over the internet.
A few hundred miles away from the epicenter, Tokyo still received some damage and casualties. Some report that the shocks could be felt as far away as Beijing. The full scale of the damages, which will surely be ongoing, have yet to be assessed. Japan is one of the most prepared countries in the world when it comes to earthquakes.
Capcom has branches in Osaka and Tokyo, both of which are on southern Honshu. If and how this will affect Rockman in general is unknown. For all of us Japanophiles, I’m sure our hearts and thoughts go out to the people of Japan (even more than normally).