Japan – tsunami and nuclear disaster

On 11th March a massive tsunami struck the coast of Japan, damaging the coastal fishing towns of Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima. The tsunami was caused by an 9.0 quake in the Tohoku region.

As I write this, over 1,000 people have been killed and the death toll could reach as high as 10,000. Two nuclear reactor on the coast of Fukushima Prefecture are in meltdown, and what’s worse is that an after shock quake predicted to be in the 7.9 range is expected to hit Japan soon, though the exact time is uncertain. This after shock quake could further destabilize the two nuclear reactors on the coast of Fukushima.

If you feel you can help head over to the donation page for the American Red Cross which has staffed the area on the Japanese coast by click this link. (select ‘International Disaster Relief Fund’)

Below is footage from some of the destruction caused which was taken by survivors and uploaded to YouTube:

News article can be viewed here

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