Friday, March 11, 2011

Help is Needed: 8.9M Earthquake and Follow-Up Tsunamis Rattle Japan

Japan was struck by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake at about local time 2:46 P.M. Friday. Sendai city, inhabited by over 1 million people was the closest heavily populated city to the epicenter. The city was severely damaged. About 15 minutes after the initial big shock, huge tsunami poured into the city, pushing down power lines and houses like they are merely toys.

During the initial shock - 



Severe damages have been reported throughout the area. Even the famous Japanese landmark Tokyo Tower, located approximately 188 miles away from Sendai is now tilted.


Public transportation passengers were forced to walk on the rail to seek safety ground -


Follow-up tsunami -



The death toll is still climbing. Hundreds of tsunami victims have been found scattering along the coast of Sendai. There are also numerous people reported injured or missing. Major public transportations and local highways have been closed or evacuated.

The tsunami also further travels down to other parts of Japan and regimes like Taiwan, Hawaii, and U.S. West Coast. Hokkaido, located on the northern part of Japan has already reported being hit earlier today, causing cars and ships being swept away from the shore.

Cosmo oil refinery on fire -


Japanese officials are currently trying to cool down one of the nuclear power plant. Over 2,000 residents around the plant have been evacuated for safety reasons. So far, potential leaking is yet to be detected.

Giant whirlpool was found after the earthquake -



Words and images cannot describe the suffering and damages that are currently happening in Japan. Below is the emergency web link assisting victims along with their families and friends tracking missing loved ones:

Person Finder
http://japan.person-finder.appspot.com/

In addition, the following are two of the reputable international organizations where we can help:

American Red Cross
https://american.redcross.org/site/Donation2?idb=0&5052.donation=form1&df_id=5052

The Salvation Army
https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/site/c.tvI3IeNUJsE/b.5760419/k.2CB3/Donate_Now/apps/ka/sd/donor.asp?c=tvI3IeNUJsE&b=5760419&en=5oIzGIMjG4LIKSOmH3KFKPMxEoKRLXOxEdKFLRNAIkLRK1NIG  

The ground is shaken and the land is swept by tsunamis. However, our faith remains strong and our willingness to help will help the people overcome this tragedy.

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