Donate to Japanese Earthquake Relief!

On Friday, March 11, an 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck off Japan's main island close to Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures. The quake, which was the strongest one ever to hit Japan, and the resulting tsunamis killed at least 1000 people. Today, there was also an explosion in a nuclear power plant which was damaged by the earthquake. The damaged plant has already exposed people to radiation. Please donate to the Red Cross relief effort. Give $10 by texting REDCROSS to 90999. Your donation will go to support relief efforts for the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific. To give more, go to this Red Cross donation Web site. 

I lived in Shizuoka, Japan for two years - about an hour by bullet train southwest of Tokyo - and follow developments from my friends' updates. BBC News also has good coverage. Japan is not a country of big advanced cities. Most people live in small homes, powerlines line their streets, and rice paddies and gardens populate their neighborhoods. They bike to work and school and take public transportation. They entertain their friends and families in small neighborhood mom and pop restaurants weathered by age and cluttered with memorable articles. It's an ageing country, when you look both at the population and structure. Many newer structures are built to be earthquake resistant, but the lives of these people are not, especially now that there is a nuclear threat involved. 

Donate and help Japan

Donate, to help the survivors of Japan's earthquake http://bit.ly/ihJQyG

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