Italian Friend Francesco Corallini was kind enough to send this photo of the Iwama Dojo showing damage to the interior structure following the great Japan earthquake last week. The damage to the ceiling is clearly visible. The note accompanying the photo says that the extent of damage is greater than what appears to be the case.
It seems that the roof structure was heavily damaged. The original structure was built around 1943 and expanded in 1964, so the building is quite old and not constructed to withstand a disaster of this scale. We are told Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba will go to Iwama soon to assess the damage to the Iwama Dojo before deciding on a course of action.