Friday, March 11, 2011

Massive earthquake & tsunami in Japan

NYTime's Martin Fackler and Kevin Drew report

"TOKYO — An 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan on Friday, the strongest ever recorded in the country and one of the largest anywhere in the last century. The quake churned up a devastating tsunami that swept over cities and farmland in the northern part of the country and set off warnings as far away as the West Coast of the United States and South America.

Japanese police officials said that more than 200 bodies were found in Sendai, a port city in the northeastern part of the country and the closest major city to the epicenter, and the government put the official death toll at more than 300. But with many people still missing there and elsewhere, the death toll is expected to rise. A senior Japanese official said foreign countries had offered to help and Japan was prepared to seek overseas assistance."

Here are some frightening images from CNN:

Before and after photos of Sendai airport

To help out the Japanese people from this gigantic disaster, Visit or the canadian red cross

You can also donate to worldvision, globalgiving and Save our children

Japan is probably the most prepared country in terms of facing earthquakes, their stricts engineering codes for buildings to prevent massive damage against earthquakes has saved millions of lives but that doesn't mean that these people don't need help, do as much as you can, whether it be a 5$ donation or a 1 000 000$ donation.

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