An emergency of epic proportions......how can I help?
Mar 12, 2011
As if an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and a 23 foot tsunami were not enough the people of Japan now have to deal with the potential fallout from a massive explosion that has rocked the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant. It is not yet clear whether massive levels of radiation have been released into the atmosphere. This powerful blast has the potential to exacerbate the problem many times over and put millions more people at risk. Please join me in praying that this turns out not to be the case. What I thought was a -3 or -4 situation has just morphed into a -5 for sure! It is incumbant upon each and every one of us who has the wherewithall to assist our Japanese brothers and sisters in their time of need. I urge everyone in the Lunch community to take a few moments to make a donation to assist those on the ground in Japan who are struggling to cope with the death and devastation all around them. There are lots of quick and easy ways for you to make a donation. Here are a few to consider:
Several groups are accepting text donations:
•American Red Cross, text REDCROSS to 90999 •Salvation Army, text JAPAN to 80888 •Convoy of Hope, text TSUNAMI to 50555 •GlobalGiving, text JAPAN to 50555 •World Relief, text WAVE to 50555
Or if you prefer you can make an online donation by visting one of the following websites:
In addition, a number of religious organizations including The Salvation Army and Catholic Relief Services are also accepting donations. I cannot stress how important it is that we all respond as quickly as possible. It is going to take a Herculean effort by governments around the world to help the Japanese people cope with the devastating hand that they have been dealt. But government cannot do it alone. It is going to be up to individuals from all over the world to step up and make up the difference. The amount of damage is simply incalcuable. In times of trouble, the American people have always proven to the the most generous people in the world. So let's not let our Japanese brothers and sisters down. NO AMOUNT IS TOO SMALL....PLEASE MAKE YOUR DONATION NOW!!!
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8.9 Earthquake in Japan and Asian Tsunami
Across the Pacific By: Dr. Joseph S. Maresca
An 8.9 earthquake ( Richter scale) hit Honshu, Japan earlier today . There was tremendous
devastation everywhere. The last major event of this size in Asia was on
12-16- 1920 in Gansu , China. 200,000 people died in the Gansu earthquake.
The actual loss of life in Japan may not be known for weeks. The biggest
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The 2011 Sendai, Japan earthquake was an 8.9 magnitude earthquake. It was located off the east coast of Tohoku, Japan on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 05:46:23 UTC at a depth of 24.4 km (15.2 miles). Originally a 7.9, it was upgraded to an 8.8, then again to an 8.9 by the United States Geological Survey.
The earthquake occurred on 130 km (80 miles) east of Sendai, Honshu, Japan. It presented a possibility of triggering tsunami in the area as well as in Yoshi, Japan. The quake rattled buildings and toppled cars off bridges and into waters underneath. In Tokyo, crowds huddled together and tried to reach relatives via cell phone. Its epicenter was 373 kilometers (231 miles) from Tokyo, the United States Geological Survey said. A 7.7 aftershock was reported 30 minutes following the initial quake. As a result of the quake, smoke could be seen rising from a building in Tokyo port while Shinkansen bullet trains stopped and Haneda Airport suspended operation after the quake struck.
More than 4 million buildings lost power, and many buildings caught fire.
The earthquake triggered a tsunami warning for Japan's pacific coast and various other countries, including Russia, Guam, Philippines, Indonesia, Papua Guinea, Nauru, Hawaii, northern Marinas and Taiwan. The tsunami warning issued by Japan was the most serious on its warning scale, implying that the wave was expected to be 10 meters high. A 0.5 meter high wave hit Japan's northern coast.