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Japan hit by M8.9 Earthquake... then a tsunami

Updated on July 18, 2011

One of the largest earthquakes on record

You can help Japan! There are numerous Links to sites accepting donations to provide aid , donation modules and missing person registries toward the end of the lens.

According to the USGS, on March 11th, 2011 at 05:46 UTC (02:46 at the epicenter) there was an 8.9 magnitude earthquake near (80 miles) the east coast of Honshu, Japan in the ocean. The epicenter was 231 miles northeast of Tokyo, and it was felt by millions of people throughout the region.

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June 13th, 2011 0900 CST

More than half of the people displaced are STILL living in shelters.

More than half of the people displaced by the disaster are still living in shelters and according to surveys, many have no prospects to earn a living. Businesses and agriculture in the region had been destroyed. Small businesses are completely gone, leaving only the potential for large corporations to enter and build - although the region is so devastated, no one wants to. The cleanup is continuing despite how futile the efforts may feel. The spirit of those still living in shelters is starting to fade.

PLEASE, continue to give to relief efforts, shelter box is still going to be an essential resource for many people over the coming months. People around the world have moved on, news reports on TV about the situation in Japan are becoming more and more scarce- finding reports online about those who need the most help are also becoming harder to find. The focus is once again "the effect the disaster will have on quarterly or annual profits".

The situation at Fukushima Daiichi is still not contained, there have been meltdowns and the region is so decimated that it is difficult to envision much of a future there. The workers have given their lives to save as much of their country as possible and to protect their fellow country men. Eight of the workers have exceeded the exposure limit of 100 millisieverts.

May 4th, 2011

Recovery beginning slowly, donations have risen!

MTV released an album on March 25th called "Songs for Japan" which has raised $5,000,000 so far! The album has songs by Katy Perry, Shakira, Pink, Madonna, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters, U2, Elton John, Queen, R.E.M., Bon Jovi, Lady Antebellum, Black Eyed Peas, and more!

The album is $9.99, and is available at i-tunes as a download or can be purchase as a 2 CD set here.

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A new investigation has determined that only about 10% of donated funds have reached the victims of the disaster. The Japanese Red Cross as well as other organizations have sent about $715 million (58 billion yen) to the most devastated prefectures yet the victims themselves have received very little aid. Local agencies state that the delay has been a result of the challenges they are facing in locating victims -many were evacuated or missing or still living in shelters- possibly in different prefectures, also many of the residents lost their banking information and ATM cards etc during the disaster. Additional challenges such as shortage of staff at the agencies and lack of computer access are contributing to the delay. The investigation has NOT shown any indication of corruption or ill intent.

April 2, 2011


Although the death toll is continuing to climb, there have been a few miraculous stories during this final 3 day rescue effort. One of these stories is about a dog. The dog had managed to climb up on top of a roof sometime during the disaster 3 weeks ago. He was found floating on the roof yesterday- after 3 weeks. Although his eyes were absolutely heartbreaking, he physically looked pretty good considering what he had been through and allowed rescuers to bundle him up and carry him off to safety. He was happy to be fed and they are providing for his needs. He was wearing a collar, but no indication yet as to whether the owner is known or where they may be, but for now he is in good hands.

Read more here

April 1, 2011

I have not been able to update in a while- partly because I could not find the type of info I was looking for and partly because I held a fundraiser at my house...with LOTS of people! We did quite well- 11 people donated between $10 and $50 via text, 10 took info on donating online and said that not only would they do it, but they would distribute the info at work and a few people gave cash for Global Giving!

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US and Japanese forces commenced the final 3 day search for survivors today (friday). It has now been so long that it is doubtful that anyone will be found alive, but crews are still clinging to hope for a miracle. After this, the cleanup will start. Currently there are thousands of bodies that have not been identified, 1,000 bodies that can not be recovered near the Fukushima Dai ichi plant and the official death toll is currently more than 11,000.

16,500 people are still missing, with little chance of being found. The immediate shock of the disaster has worn off for most and people are starting to try to come to terms with the devastation. People who have lost their entire families are working and crying simultaneously with no time to grieve, makeshift funerals are held with strangers before the body is placed in a mass grave.

Yet somehow, through all this suffering, the people of Japan continue to show the world their strength. People are still being kind and respectful and caring for one another- even complete strangers. Often disasters bring out the best in people, but usually you see the worst as well, hoarding, looting and rudeness usually surface by now. I am always impressed by the culture of Japan and they have shown through their culture that no matter what, they will once again flourish.

By Chnosos (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
By Chnosos (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

March 25, 2011

Even the Yakuza is providing aid.

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The Yakuza is an organized crime ring ring in Japan. They pride themselves on the elaborate tattoos that cover most of their bodies and they are known for activities ranging from pornography and gambling to extortion and prostitution. The origin can be traced back to 1612 making the organization older than the Mafia. Once known as "masterless Samurai", modern day Yakuza have faced discrimination, and often have difficulty finding regular work. They are made up of smaller gangs claiming to have descended from Samurai. When the tsunami struck, they stepped up and were amongst the first to begin providing aid. They have been delivering truckloads of blankets and water, food and hygiene products to shelters throughout the most devastated areas.

People are questioning the motives behind the Yakuza's newfound humanitarian efforts. On one hand, perhaps they are in a position to help, and a disaster of this magnitude precludes any petty motives, perhaps they lost family too. But, on the other hand, some people are suspicious that they are using this as a recruiting tactic or that they are trying to profit from the reconstruction efforts.

"It takes too long for the arm of the government to reach out here so it's important to do it now," A magazine that specializes in Yakuza news, "the Weekly Taishuu magazine" quoted a top yakuza (who opted not to be identified) as saying.

Regardless of their motives, people who may have starved or died from dehydration otherwise have full stomaches and water. I sincerely hope that they leave it at that, and ask for nothing in return

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According to a report on CNN, the US military is using battle tested robots to assist with the searches and recovery efforts in Japan! The robots will help in areas that are inaccessible to humans because of the mountains of rubble. One such robot will have HAZMAT sensors and will check out the area surrounding the Fukushima plant, checking radiation levels.

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By Peter Forster (Flickr: Spinaci, Spinat) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

March 24, 2011

Relief growing, food safety concerns

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Gwen Steffani has donated $1,000,000 to Save the Children's Japan relief efforts! On top of her cash donation, her clothing line is also coming out with a t-shirt to encourage her fans to support the relief efforts, proceeds from the sales will go to Japan's relief efforts. The shirts soon will be sold at her website,

"I've been inspired by Japan for many years and have a true love, appreciation and respect for the Japanese people and their culture. The disaster in Japan is beyond heartbreaking and I want to do anything I can to help. I would never be able to make a gesture like this without the love and support of all the fans over all these years."

- Gwen Stefani

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There are new food safety concerns spreading throughout Japan. Many of the crops near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant have been contaminated with radioactive iodine. Tap water tested very high yesterday in Tokyo, people were told not to use the tap water for babies, although this morning the government stated that the radiation levels in tap water had fallen back down to a safe amount. Despite the government's assurances that it is now safe, mineral water bottling companies have boosted production as people are now afraid to drink the water. Babies and small children are at greatest risk from radioactive iodine.

Some countries have banned the import of foods produced in areas of Japan near the power plant, other countries are still accepting imports and scanning the produce to ensure that any contamination falls below acceptable limits.

March 23, 2011

First Hawaiian Bank raised over $600.000 for Japan!


First Hawaiian Bank raised over $600,000 to provide aid to victims of the tsunami in Japan. One hundred percent of the donations will go to the Japan America Society of Hawaii for the benefit of the Japanese Red Cross Society. The bank set up the fund on March 11th and started it off with a donation of $100,000.

The parent company of the bank BNPP has also announced that they too are donating money to provide aid... 1.2 MILLION dollars to the Japanese Red Cross Society!!!

March 22, 2011

Official death toll continues to climb


The official death toll released this morning is horrific. More than 9,000 people are dead. According to local media around 20,000 people are still missing. Officials are estimating that by the end the death toll may reach 18,000.

Rescuers have been searching the damaged homes. When no-one is found, the building is marked so that other crews know that it has already been cleared. They are continuing the search, although some international crews have been called back home. It has been eleven days since the tsunami devastated the region, every hour that passes reduces the likelihood of finding survivors.

The way the world's nations reacted so quickly and rushed to provide aid saved many lives. Victims of a disaster like this who are trapped need to be rescued quickly, dehydration, starvation, hypothermia and even suffocation can cost the trapped victim their lives. The speedy responses added to the manpower and crews were able to cover much more territory, much more quickly than crews of one single nation could alone. Lives were absolutely saved as a result.

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By perfectska04 [GPL (], via Wikimedia Commons

March 21, 2011

My frustration at available information

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I am trying to find more new information about survivors, conditions at the shelters and relief efforts. There is some yes, which I will get to. I am disgusted by the amount of other news from Japan being SO heavily reported....

I know that these things are important and must be addressed, BUT should they be overshadowing the human suffering taking place?

Various reports are everywhere about the disaster's impact on gas prices (they went down a bit because of reduced demand, but will be going back up).

Impact on economy- whose money is worth the most? I don't know, I did not click to find out.

Apparently production of the i-pad has been affected.

Reports intended to grab attention, preying on nuclear fears only to (in the very last sentence) point out that dangerously contaminated foods will not be sold any way.

Some updates are easy to find about the power plant, but usually they contain the "is it going to get US" type of language.

Again, I understand the importance of the existence of this news, my objection is to the 1292 related articles in the past 24 hours..... on each topic above.

People are suffering. Has our media forgotten them? Donations for relief efforts for this disaster are STILL lagging behind those for Haiti. Volunteers from around the world are over there trying to help... why is there no attention given to this? It is historic. Never, in our lifetimes have we seen such huge efforts of distrustful nations get together for a common cause to do good. How can the organizations continue their efforts if donations are lagging so far behind and the demand is so great.

Personally, I feel that if we learned ANYTHING from this, it should have been the value of human life VASTLY outweighs material goods.


WOOOHOOO! I found something great! Crews began assembling temporary housing today! Temporary housing units are not fancy, but they allow greater privacy and comfort than a shelter, also they often allow for greater independence! The homes are contructed of corrugated steel and are on stilts. Thousands will be constructed. Although this is not long term housing- it is an amazing step in recovery. When living in temporary housing, the people will have something to call home- psychologically this is very important. Once people have this little bit of stability, they can begin to work which will help the recovery process further!

March 20, 2011

Search for Survivors continues

Rescue crews from around the world are still looking for survivors. There have been several heartwarming stories of rescues and survival- more are trickling in. The death toll will rise as rescuers continue searching debris, but so will the number of survivor stories. Communication is still down in the hardest hit areas.

March 19, 2011

Quakes and aftershocks continue

Aftershocks are expected to continue for a few weeks. The intensity has reportedly remained quite strong and they are frequent- further complicating already difficult rescue efforts and hampering the abilities of crews to restore infrastructure.

This morning there was an M5.9 which was south of Fukushima (about 40 miles) and it is considered to be an Earthquake as opposed to an aftershock. Although earthquakes are common in this region, survivors of the tsunami are still on edge and the frequent shaking is taking an emotional toll.

March 18th, 2011 - New numbers released

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By James Z (originally posted to Flickr as Sakura Festival) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Image by James Z (originally posted to Flickr as Sakura Festival) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons. This image was originally posted to Flickr, was uploaded to Commons using Flickr upload bot on 19:27, 19 March 2009 (UTC) by Meisam (talk).

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So far, there are roughly 90,000 rescue workers searching for survivors. Around 26,000 survivors have been found. 452,000 people are estimated to be dis placed and living in temporary shelters right now. Over 10,000 people are still missing.

The death toll, sadly has risen to 6,900. I prefer to think of those who did not survive as the people who's lives brought the world's nations together in the largest humanitarian effort our world has ever known. Distrust between most nations has been set aside (at least for now) as we realize that ultimately, we are all human, a family of 6,775,235,741 people- our brothers and sisters need our help.

March 16, 2011

The People of Japan Show the World True "Grace Under Pressure"

Typically, when we see large scale disasters, people go into a "personal survival mode" . Usually selfishness and greed roar their ugly heads in otherwise rational people. Reports from Japan are quite different. Again I am impressed by the people and culture of Japan. There have been NO reports of looting. Some grocery stores have reportedly LOWERED prices to assist those in need. People are said to be taking care of each other and volunteering their expertise and assistance.

March 15, 2011

Another Tremblor M6.1


According to a report by Bloomberg, 26 miles northeast of Shizuoka, (south of Tokyo) at 10:31pm local time, there was yet another earthquake, this time a magnitude 6.1. The closest nuclear reactor to this quake (Chubu Electric Power Co.'s Hamaoka Nuclear Plant) has reportedly been UN affected.

March 14, 2011 - Celebrities helping to raise money for Japan!

Courtesy of whicky1978
Courtesy of whicky1978

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A few celebrities announced fundraising efforts and pledges to help so far including Lady Gaga and Charlie Sheen. Others are encouraging donations via Twitter.

Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park quickly got to work designing t-shirts with a white butterfly and the words "not alone" to benefit his band's "Music For Relief" charity.

This disaster has not felt the same outpouring of relief as the tsunami in Haiti, however people in the industry are expecting to see a much bigger response by celebrities next week.


The Black Eyed Peas have filmed a video in Japan the week before the tsunami and are using it to raise money for disaster relief!

March 13, 2011 - Fires continue to burn out of control, New worries about Nuclear Meltdown

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By 7 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons

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Today fires are still burning our of control. Rescue efforts are underway, although in the hardest hit areas, there have been very few survivors found. Aid has begun arriving and long lines (some as long os four blocks) of people can be found throughout the region as people wait patiently for food and water rations.

Yesterdays explosion at the Fukushima nuclear power plant damaged the core, raising more concerns about the possibility of nuclear meltdown. 170,000 people from a 12-mile area around the plant are being evacuated, and the government is giving iodine to nearby residents to help prevent absorption of fallout. Everyone is being scanned for radiation exposure and some people are being found to have high levels of radiation during scanning.

Strong aftershocks continue to terrify survivors about every three hours. The people of Japan are quite accustomed to earthquakes, however the devastation left by the tsunami coupled with the strength of the aftershocks and inability to predict whether another tsunami could be triggered is taking it's toll.

Update March 13 2011

According to the New York Daily News Herald....

"Hundreds of people were forced to flee when the Shinmoedake volcano on the southern island of Kyushu began spewing ash and boulders.

The explosion from the eruption could be heard miles away and an ash plume extended two miles into the sky."

In January, the volcano began showing it's first signs of activity in 52 years.


Please see the report below "cruelty knows no bounds" and follow the link to the Huffington Post for more details.

It is very important that you be aware of this.

Please take a moment to remember those lost

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I, KENPEI [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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The people in Japan practice preparedness for earthquakes and tsunamis. This practice likely saved countless lives, unfortunately not everyone survived. Although we may never know the exact toll of human life, we should not forget those lost. Each and every person who lost their lives in this tragedy had hopes, dreams and value. Let us try to remember them, even if we did not know them for the value their lives had rather than for the circumstances of their loss.

To those affected

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To everyone who has a loved one in any of the regions affected...

We are all thinking of you. I offer my condolences. Really, this is such a tragedy that there is not anything that can be said.

The people of Japan find ways to impress me everyday, in any situation. I was amazed this morning when they showed video from Japan. Everyone stayed calm and focused. Although the lives that were lost are tragic and can never be replaced, I truly believe that there is nothing you can not accomplish. As the waters recede, your determination and resolve will shine through. Certainly recovery will be a slow, hard process, but you will succeed.

My purpose for writing this, is that those who are unaffected may realize some of the challenges you are about to face, and hopefully they will try to help. Right now, there are not many donation links, but it is early and will likely grow quickly.

I hope that in the coming days I will be able to find more links to post for relief efforts. You are in our thoughts and our hearts are with you.

Then came a Tsunami

Making-Things-Better's photostream
Making-Things-Better's photostream

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The Tsunami seems to be the source of most of the destruction. A massive wave, reportedly as high as 30 feet hit Japan. Some reporters have stated that the Tsunami travelled nearly 500 miles per hour. The tsunami moved cars, boats and even houses, a train was derailed, and a ship carrying 100 people was swept away. Some estimates suggest that the tsunami reached inland anywhere from 3 to 5 miles.

Tsunami warnings were issued for the pacific. Hawaii and the U.S. West coast are being hit with smaller tsunami waves than those in Japan, they are about 6 feet, the force and speed at which they are moving requires people to get to higher ground.

These regions were all issued a Tsunami warning by NOAA:

Japan, Russia, Taiwan, Yap, Philippines, Marshall Is., Belau, Midway Is., Pohnpei, Chuuk, Kosrae, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Johnston Is., Solomon Is., Kiribati, Howland-baker, Hawaii, Tuvalu, Palmyra Is., Vanuatu, Tokelau, Jarvis Is., Wallis-futuna, Samoa, American Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue, Fiji, New Caledonia, Tonga, Mexico, Kermadec is, Fr. Polynesia, Pitcairn, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Antarctica, Panama, Honduras, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru,

[JAPAN] Massive Tsunami Hits Japan, 11/03/2011

Japanese news reporting on the tsunami. WARNING This may be hard to watch

The Aftermath - After shocks, disease, famine, poor sanitation, lack of clean water

This image is a work of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This image is a work of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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So far, there have been several intense aftershocks reported. They will likely last for a few weeks. These can be dangerous, and could cause further structural damage.

Following an Earthquake, structural integrity is a concern. Buildings and bridges may have micro-fractures that could prove to be catastrophic. Engineers will usually inspect buildings following an Earthquake. This could take time. Roads are left with small canyons, large chunks of earth have shifted, altering the landscape.

Lack of access to clean water is of the most concern. Plumbing may or may not work depending upon the area, but even if it does, there remain concern about pressure drops allowing for growth of microbes or fissures in the pipes allowing contaminants in. The water left from the Tsunami is dangerous. No-one should drink it or play in it. If you must enter, try to wear "waders" and rubber boots, even if the waders are plastic bags secured to you.

Food in the areas is mostly destroyed, shipments of food must arrive from other areas and there will not be enough for everyone immediately. Food may be more difficult to prepare safely, increasing the already high risk of disease.

Dehydration, malnourishment, chronic medical issues that can not be treated and trauma from the earthquake and tsunami are only the beginning of the health concerns. Dysentery, e-coli, heavy metal toxicity, shigella, parasites, and respiratory infections are a few examples of health concerns that may arise following such devastation.

Massive whirlpool after japan quake 11.03.2011

Nuclear Power Plant Explosion

March 12, 2011

One of the power plants in Iwaki, damaged by the earthquake and tsunami exploded today. Workers had been struggling to cool the reactor yesterday. Now concerns about radiation further complicate the already catastrophic situation.

"We have confirmed that the walls of this building were what exploded, and it was not the reactor's container that exploded," said Edano

Outside of the facility, radiation levels were measured at being eight times the norm, while inside the control room they were measured at one thousand times the norm.

Thankfully, people in Japan were prepared (well, as much as you can possibly be for something like this). Yesterday's initial evacuation radius was increased to ten miles, and then later increased to twelve miles. More than 51,000 people were safely evacuated prior to the explosion!

The quake was so powerful, it moved Japan's coast 8 feet

it also shifted the Earth's axis almost 4 inches. The Tectonic plates that caused the quake appear to have slipped 18 meters according to the USGS.

Coast of Japan Before and After: Courtesy of NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Coast of Japan Before and After: Courtesy of NASA Goddard Photo and Video
Coast of Japan Before and After: Courtesy of NASA Goddard Photo and Video

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Aftershocks will continue to challenge rescue efforts

Strong after shocks between M5 and M7.1 are being reported in and around Japan. Visit the big link to USGS to view details.

Impact on Global thinking

March 13, 2011

A disaster like this that has claimed so many lives can hardly have anything resembling a silver lining. What it can have, is such a profound impact on the entire world that millions (if not billions) of people have begun to re-examine their priorities. Perhaps we can try to think of those lost as the heroes who have ushered in a better understanding of Humanity.

According to Reuters, "Japan's hour of need prompts show of Chinese goodwill"

Despite the long lasting deep mistrust between governments, the article states...

"Despite suffering an earthquake in Yunnan province on March 10, which the Chinese government and people have busied themselves in offering relief for, they have also unhesitatingly stretched out a helping hand to Japan's disaster zone," Chinese academic Liu Jiangyong wrote in a front page commentary in Communist Party mouthpiece the People's Daily.

Countries from around the World have offered their assistance as people across the entire globe mourn for those lost and pray for those who have survived.

cruelty knows no bounds

The scammers have begun doing the unthinkable... this time, they are not just after money

MARCH 14, 2011

According to a report in the Huffington post entitled "Japan Tsunami Hoax Exposed After Man Told Daughter Was Killed" a man who had been anxiously awaiting news about his daughter found her listed as dead on a missing person's registry. The details about her were accurate, the hospital info and phone numbers were correct. They used a fake name for the Doctor.

Several other families have been the victims of this kind of hoax and officials expect to find more situations like this.

Updated 0930 CST

The Red Cross has also issued the following warning

"You may receive fraudulent e-mails regarding missing persons. If a stranger contacts you asking for money, please notify us immediately byE-mail."

The full story from the Sociable can be found below.

The United States Navy- helping to pull a damaged car from the debris. - They appear to be doing a great job at lifting the spirits of the residents as well- lo

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Matthew M. Bradley/Released
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Matthew M. Bradley/Released

This image is courtesy of the US Navy (Navy Visual News): U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Matthew M. Bradley/Released

Missing Person Registries


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You can even TEXT your help!!!

To donate to GlobalGiving, which focuses on "grassroots projects in the developing world," text JAPAN to 50555

To donate to World Relief Corp., the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals, text WAVE to 50555

To donate to American Red Cross Relief, text REDCROSS to 90999

To donate to Convoy of Hope, a faith-based organization that does community outreach and disaster response, text TSUNAMI to 50555

To donate $10 to the Salvation Army text "japan" or "quake" to 80888 .

To send a $10 donation to the humanitarian group World VisionText “4japan” to 20222.

The charges will appear on your cell phone bill.

Links to sites accepting donations to provide aid

I am not affiliated with any of these organizations, nor have I ever had any contact with them. Please remember to do your own research about the organization when donating.

Survivor Stories

The disaster also left many regions without communication, this makes finding information additionally challenging. Feel free to add survivor stories to give hope!

70 year old woman rescued!

On march 15th

A 70 year old woman was found ALIVE in the town of Otsuchi in Iwate prefecture. Although she was hospitalized for hypothermia, she is expected to recover!

A man in his 20's rescued!

in the town of Ishimaki in the Miyagi prefecture, a man in his 20's was found ALIVE! The man said to reporters- " I was washed away by the tsunami but I am alright". The Miyagi prefecture was one of the hardest hit.

Miracle baby!

A four month old baby survived ALONE after being swept away from her parents when the Tsunami hit their home. She was found by rescuers in the rubble after four days- UNHARMED!!!! She was in the village of Ishinomaki- one of the most devastated areas.

Animals being Rescued!

This is a warm fuzzy story that you really must read

Many animal rescue agencies have joined the efforts. They are searching for and finding animals that survived- some in dangerous areas. They are having difficulty finding homes for some because there are so many, and most shelters will not allow pets. Further complicating the situation is the fact that many are choosing to flee the area because of concerns about radiation and their pets are left behind.

You absolutely must read this!!!

FOX News :Rescue Operations in Japan Target the Country's Furry Friends

Japanese Tsunami Survivor - Mother and baby narrowly escape japan tsunami

JAPAN-Dog Helps Tsunami Survivor Partner/Caring for Companion Dog in Japan After Tsunami

Japan disaster child volunteers

Links to Survivor Stories! - There is so much news, and these stories each deserve more than I can give them plus I can't fit much more in the lens!

I thought I would just create a link list for now so that you may go see these emotional stories of hope and survival!

Over the next few days I will select a few to write up, I am glad that I can not do them all- there are more stories of survival than I had anticipated!!!

Check out you tube for survivor stories as well! A student in California FOUND his family after they posted a survivor story on Youtube!!!!!

It is OK for you to list related lenses here

PLEASE list any lenses that are raising money for Japan or that have information for people waiting to hear from loved ones, thoughts and prayers etc. Please do not list any aimed at making money off of this tragedy- I will visit each listed and will feature as many as I can, but they will be left in the comments as well for others to find.

During the earthquake, the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant was damaged. Crews have been franticly trying to prevent a nuclear meltdown since March 11th. Please see my other lens,

Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Damaged by Tsunami in Japan

for more details and to leave a message of thanks to those brave workers who are risking their lives.

I would like to thank of of the lovely squid angels who have bestowed blessings upon this lens. Your blessings have helped raise money for those in need. I will not be posting a celebratory image or sign due to the gravity of the situation, but please know how much I appreciate it and that you have contributed greatly.

Basic Info about earthquakes

Earthquakes occur around the world, everyday. Usually, they are too small to feel or occur away from civilization. There are rumors that the number and intensity of earthquakes has been increasing, however according to most geologists this is largely because we are now able to record them in areas we could not record before. Here is the Wikipedia explanation of earthquakes.

"An earthquake (also known as a quake, tremor or temblor) is the result of a sudden release of energy in the Earth's crust that creates seismic waves. The seismicity or seismic activity of an area refers to the frequency, type and size of earthquakes experienced over a period of time. Earthquakes are measured with a seismometer; a device which also records is known as a seismograph. The moment magnitude (or the related and mostly obsolete Richter magnitude) of an earthquake is conventionally reported, with magnitude 3 or lower earthquakes being mostly imperceptible and magnitude 7 causing serious damage over large areas. Intensity of shaking is measured on the modified Mercalli scale. The depth of the earthquake also matters: the more shallow the earthquake, the more damage to structures (all else being equal).[1]

At the Earth's surface, earthquakes manifest themselves by shaking and sometimes displacing the ground. When a large earthquake epicenter is located offshore, the seabed sometimes suffers sufficient displacement to cause a tsunami. The shaking in earthquakes can also trigger landslides and occasionally volcanic activity.

In its most generic sense, the word earthquake is used to describe any seismic event-whether a natural phenomenon or an event caused by humans-that generates seismic waves. Earthquakes are caused mostly by rupture of geological faults, but also by volcanic activity, landslides, mine blasts, and nuclear tests. An earthquake's point of initial rupture is called its focus or hypocenter. The term epicenter refers to the point at ground level directly above the hypocenter."

The data available on the site of the USGS (see link) since 1900 indicates that there have only been 4 earthquakes to surpass this in magnitude (since we began determining magnitudes). The four quakes that were more powerful were

1. Chile in 1960 : Magnitude 9.5

2. Prince William Sound, Alaska 1964: Magnitude 9.2

3.Off the west coast of Northern Sumatra 2004: Magnitude 9.1

4. Kamchatka 1952: Magnitude 9.0

Thoughts, hopes, prayers or encouragement for those affected and awaiting phone calls - Thank you all for visiting

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      All human beings are an equal prey of nuclear energy

      By allama Muhammad yousuf gabriel

      To whatever creed, colour, caste, religion or faith you may belong, the atomic bomb will not discern and burn all alike white, yellow, dark or brown. All human beings are an equal prey of nuclear energy and all have a common cause against this greatest of all enemies of mankind. If it was the question of death only, the case would have been quite different. You could easily make bonfire of this world. But it is not so. It means a painful existence also More painful than any human Mind can imagine. You have all to see with your own eyes your next generation of cancer-ridden, dull-eyed, pitiable monsters. And above all else the shame to which the sons of Adam would be put before the devil who had shown great displeasure at the creation of a lowly anthropoid of mould and had refused the explicit command of the Creator to bow before Adam, and had thus incurred the wrath of God. You may think at this present time of sceptic thoughts, such things as fantastic but you shall realize their truth in due course perhaps soon, when you wake up from your deep slumber.

      Let the scientist remember that the first detonation of an atomic bomb in a war shall prove the first and the last fatal blow to science, and their philosophy such as we have quoted in this book have prepared the way to Atomic warfare. Let, again the scientist not forget his honest role regarding the matters of science as in the past, and let him tell the whole world plainly and selflessly that the nuclear energy due to its inherent ionizing radiations is a danger, deadly and inevitable to the existence of humanity, and let him picture a world of cancer-ridden, impotent and miserable monsters to his fellow human-beings who have come to place at rest in him. Let the scientists clear their conscience by telling the innocent humanity, that the nuclear energy is dangerous whether used in the name of peace or war. Otherwise, O scientists ! you will rightly deserve the epithets far more worse than which the victimized Christian community had coined for the tyrannical priests, and indeed signs are that your atrocities shall prove of a nature far worse than those of the papal origin, nay, but your cruelty will far exceed all the cruelty of all sorts of felons in the whole history of mankind, united. The advantages of power which the nuclear energy may bring to human kind are a mere triviality against the harms which are inherent in the nature of this power. Or contradict my word, honestly but pray do not fall into the superfluous categorization of permissible doses and lethal doses. Every nucleon shot into the heart of an atom is lethal eventually. You will never succeed despite your strenuous efforts in finding any means to neutralize the ill effects of atomic fission. And O, political leaders of nations! you cannot be assumed as ignorant or unaware of the hazards that are incident on nuclear energy. You very well know that in case of atomic warfare your country has no chance to escape her ruinous consequences. You have by now realized that the possession of atomic bombs can no longer be expected to create a wall of terror around your country against your foes, nor it is to remain for long a title of special prestige or a sign of exceptional power, but rather you will soon see in dismay that the non atomic people's as well as the atomic people, that is whole vast mankind will gradually develop a bitter hatred of nuclear energy in proportion to their fast increasing knowledge of the injurious effects thereof in time of peace and a hail of retaliative atom bomb in case of war. Why not then realize the grim truth in time and be saved. Do you people feel no compassion for your people and indeed poor miserable and worry-ridden mankind of this materialistic age? Why not then live in peace and free from constant threat of nuclear war, and move towards the ultimate destination on the path of peace, love, sympathy and prosperity like good, fellow human-beings and fellow-sufferers of the afflictions of this life on earth, or are you sworn to destroy mankind and along with mankind your own people: nay, even yourselves and your own children. And do you not realize that no-no-atomic-war could be expected to be reliable. Or, is it very pleasant to take the flood of a whole world on your head. Will you sit for awhile alone and think.

      I have to say a word to the religious leaders too. I know you are equally dependent on the tyrannical needs of life, but your peculiar duty towards humanity and your particular station demands a sacrifice of your desires more than anybody else. Will you not recognize then, the urgency of the situation and will not you prove true to the salt and worthy of special place you hold amongst humanity and will you not rise to the occasion, casting away petty little prejudices and other very small considerations, to adopt a pure, crystal clear faith, and a generous, sympathetic and cordial disposition, to work wisely and selflessly according to the demands of the occasion, in all love for him in whose name you work, and affection for his poor creatures who are being now dragged helplessly and whipped mercilessly by cruel circumstances towards a horrible doom, in utter darkness. That, perhaps humanity may be saved and with it the civilization which was once holding such esteem. Man, since the birth of humanity, has kept up an un-interrupted endeavor towards building a civilization through a path of sweat and tears, trial and turmoil, and ordeal, struggling incessantly generation after generation, century after century, rising step by step, age after age, till the fruit of such endless labour came to be inherited by the modern age. It was a most solemn duty of the denizens of the modern age to keep up the standard of that civilization which they had received as a solemn trust from pervious ages, nay, they were even expected to add something to the existing luster thereof and further bequeath it to future generations. But unfortunately despite their endeavors and genuine efforts at enlightenment, and indeed great strides in certain very important factors of civilization, there has appeared a darkness in certain other factors, so much so that the beauty of those bright spots that were the glory of this age, and the characteristic beauty of its civilization, were tainted, so that this fascinating civilization instead of giving peace and life, has come to constitute the most injurious hazards not only to the mind but also the body of the modern humanity. It has come to threaten, with unfailing certainty, the very existence of the human species, nay, every species that now exist on earth. Yet the strangest thing that could be noticed despite their knowledge of these facts, is that there is not a soul who ever stirs or even speaks a word. They all go towards the burning hell, dumb, deaf and blind, spell-bound.

      Now, to chalk out a process to avoid the atomic hell is not such difficult, if men do sincerely want to avoid this danger. Enkindle the extinguished torch of faith. Develop fear of God and the remembrance of the day of judgment in heaven. It is all something but natural to man. Let the wealth be deposed from its Godhead ,and let it be brought down to its proper place, as means and necessity in order to better the life which is in heaven, the eternal life. Let every affair of the world be subjected to the thought of the other world. There is peace, contentment and joy in it. Let men enjoy the feast of this world but only to prepare for the service of God and humanity. Knowledge, power, wealth, science and the world are nothing in themselves. It is their use and the intent behind it that matters. Achieve progress in science but not to destroy but to build. Know that this life is only transient, a short journey. You can never become immortal. Cast away this maddening greed and dwell serene. Let this world be a garden of peace, and not a hell ablaze. Turn your science to a better use, that is to a peaceful use. Let your science turn this abode into a garden of peace, plenty and prosperity, and

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Dear sidther, I just finished reading another lens about Japan's earthquake that takes a more geographical view of the devastation. I mentioned to Puerdycat that each of you may wish to feature each others lenses, since (I feel) they complement each other. Her lens is:

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow, this is an amazingly detailed Lens! Well done.

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Wow amazing work, had to come back - am citing your 'miracle baby' example in a lens that I am updating. Will let you know on your Bio page asap. Thank you for such support, sidther.

      Fondly, Rose

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Came by to check out the updates . . . thanks sidther for keeping us informed. Fondly, Rose

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      Chazz 6 years ago from New York

      Blessed by a squid angel 4-1-11

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      BlackHeart1 6 years ago

      You made it!! You submitted this lens for the top Nonprofits lenses section and you made it to the top 5 ... Be sure to go check this page: on the first of the month to see what your position in the top 5 is and don't forget to tell your friends and visitors about it too

      Oh but it's not over!!! CONGRATULATION you also made it to the top 5 lens overall section too check it out here on the first

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      This is a wonderful lens, and let us hope that the situation in Japan calms down, both the frequent tremors as well as the nuclear crisis. We are going through difficult times, with so many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions lately. I begin to wonder what next. Wonderful lens, blessed by an angel.

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Checking in, this lens has an energy all it's own. . you deserve to enjoy this Sidther. Fondly, Rose

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Wow, how amazing is the power of the human AND dog spirit . . I had to read about the miracle baby and the survivors. Your effort to keep us informed is truly admirable sidther. I am happy to see this lens soar in the rankings . . worthy of LoTD and purple star, for sure. Sincerely, Rose

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Came back to check out the updates . . I need to update my Squid cast. Stay Well, Rose

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      Just passing by sprinkling some angel dust on this Earthquake in Japan lens!

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      pixelposy 6 years ago

      The devastation in Japan is hard to wrap my head around. Thank you for creating this timely informative page. My heart goes out to those victims and their families.

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      traveller27 6 years ago

      Great lens! Well done.

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      deyanis 6 years ago from Oz

      Sidther, my heart aches knowing that people in Japan desperately need our helps. You've done an amazing job in creating this lens and providing all the information that will help Japan to recover from these natural disasters. I believe that we cannot do everything, but we can always do something to help. --- Blessed ---

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Sidther, I just had to check in again. Keep working on that new one, I'll check it out later tonight or tomorrow. This one of yours (I think) will get LoTD and a purple star - it's amazing the work, photos and videos you've included - and on such short notice. Truly journalistic excellence. Cheering you (and this lens on), powerfully done, young lady.

      Fondly, Rose

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Painful reading but a really well-done job - thanks for sticking it out.

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Sidther, your work is amazing on this lens. Sure hope your efforts are rewarded soon. Fondly, Rose

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Dear Sidther,

      Featured this lens on my -


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      anonymous 6 years ago

      We are all with the grieving people and pray for them. Japan is a country that lies on this earthquake belt, not the entire nation but some parts of it is prone to the havoc. I sincerely wish that the technology improves so that people are forewarned about such disasters well in advance that will certainly go in a long way to help the people.

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Worldwide help is needed, urgently. I pray we can all contribute and that our help is put to the very best use possible. Every human being capable will be needed to repair this damage.

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      marketmasterpro 6 years ago

      Thank you for doing this important lens. It is very important we are all informed and it is more important we all pray and give right now. Thank you.

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a tragedy this is and how devastating to see the enormous damage this is done to the whole country and more importantly to the people. We can all do whatever we can to help and even if it's small, it helps in the grand scheme of things. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected.

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I'm so glad you made this lens to help spread the word about where to send donations. Featured on my prepare for disaster lens.

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      How devastating. Definitely praying for the people in Japan.

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      JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago


      With Love and Gratitude,


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      Gale 6 years ago from Texas

      I noticed you had GlobalGiving already as a place to donate...the following Squidoo charities are also listed on Charity Navigator as places you can give to help earthquake/tsunami victims:

      International Rescue Committee

      Save the Children

      I looked up Displaced People International and couldn't find any information on what/if they were doing anything to help in this current disaster. Do you know what they are doing to help? In spite of their "International" title they seem to do work mostly in the Gulf.

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Lensrolled to my: International Children's Day and Safe Water a Human Right lenses. And right now, I am going to feature it EARLY on in my lens, 'Safe Water a Human Right' since this is a current tragedy that will require help on a worldwide scale for the people of Japan.

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Dear Sidther, This is excellent and I am so honored that you included my Safe Water lens. Yes, the aftermath is going to be treacherous for Japan and we need emergency personnel in there as soon as safely possible. These ARE the unsung heroes . . those who come to the aid of others. The Red Cross is one (of many) of my favorite charities. Wonderful work, so glad to see that Jack2205 blessed it. Fondly, Rose

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Dear Sidther, This is excellent and I am so honored that you included my Safe Water lens. Yes, the aftermath is going to be treacherous for Japan and we need emergency personnel in there as soon as safely possible. These ARE the unsung heroes . . those who come to the aid of others. The Red Cross is one (of many) of my favorite charities. Wonderful work, so glad to see that Jack2205 blessed it. Fondly, Rose

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Good job sidther!

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      AbigailsCrafts LM 6 years ago

      Great lens.

      There's a list of resources for people still waiting to hear from friends or family (cellphone disaster message board service, google people finder, shelter maps, etc) here

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      CozyKitty 6 years ago

      Really impressive what you've done here in such a short time. My prayers are with all who are affected. Thanks so much for making this lens.

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      Jack 6 years ago

      Blessed by the Charity Angel.

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      Jhangora LM 6 years ago

      Nice initiative. I guess it is the 7th strongest recorded earthquake so far.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You are doing a wonderful thing here, thank you