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Make a difference with Japan Tsunami Relief

Updated on July 4, 2011

Devastated land is the aftermath of a powerful Tsunami


Broken down by a natural disaster

The Tohoku earthquake and tsunami changed the lives of thousands of people in Japan. It is a story that has touched the hearts of individuals across the globe. The aftermath of this natural disaster has resulted in a once thriving area to be left in an abandoned state. Debris covers the grounds and families have lost friends, relatives and homes.

Many people are aware of the situation in Japan, and want to know how to help. Rest assured there are many ways to contribute to getting these people’s lives back on track

At the time of 14:46 JST (05:46 UTC) on Friday 11th March 2011, an unbelievable tragedy took place that claimed the lives of thousands of innocent people. An undersea megathrust earthquake of 9.0-magnitude hit the coast of Japan, resulting in Tsunami waves descending more than 97ft high and submerging the Oshika Peninsula of Tohoku under water. More than 11,000 people have been confirmed dead, great amounts are still missing and others are left to live in slums with food shortages and minimal electricity and heating. The angry waters of the tsunami have destroyed everything else these people owned.

The vast amount of wreckage is going to cost the Japanese government more than $122 billion. This could take months or even years to recreate a safe place to live. Businesses have come to a stand still in Tohoku and homes have been swept away. This is said to be the biggest crisis since World War II.

As if this wasn’t bad enough, locals and people in Japan are dealing with distress and anxiety due to fears of radiation spreading. This is down to the Fukushima Daiichi power plant exploding in result of gas being built up. Three nuclear reactors exploded shortly after the tsunami.

Without a doubt it will be a laborious struggle for everyone involved in this situation, and Japan is under severe pressure to maintain the situation well. The Japan Tsunami Relief is a brilliant way to contribute and make a difference to the lives of those lost and those who are trying to deal with what has happened. Whether offerings are large or small, they will all be used to their full advantage. No matter how far away you may live; you can use the Internet and phones to donate your gift.

The Japanese Red Cross is currently collecting generous donations worldwide, and it is already making crucial progress to better this unfortunate turn of events. Visit the Japanese Red Cross website and donate money online at or text REDCROSS to 90999. Your donations help to bring normality back to a society of people who have lost all they knew.

Alternatives if you do not have as much money to give away is sponsored walks, runs and events. Get in touch with your local charity and find some tips and ideas. Selling toys or items that generate profit is a beneficial way to contribute. There are an abundance of other charities that are working to produce the same effect. Search online for lists of those involved.

If you have the chance to put a smile on the face of someone affected by the Japan tsunami, then please do not hesitate to do so. Put yourself in their position and realise the change you could bring to a broken community.

Japan Tsunami 2011


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      ellahall2011 6 years ago

      Great hub! It must be a lesson to Japan after the dolphin slaughter.

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      Husky1970 6 years ago

      What a tragedy! So many lost lives and so much destruction! Your concern for the victims and the country of Japan shows much warmth and compassion/ Very well expressed.