Japan in Peril

Posted: March 15, 2011 by April Watkins in Breaking News, Distasters, Japan, Tragedy
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By now you will have heard of the enourmous tragedies that have struck Japan.  On Friday, March 11 an earthquake struck just 80 miles off the eastern coast of Japan near the city of Sendai, Honshu.   The earthquake, originally designated an 8.9 on the Ritcher Scale has been reassessed and upgraded to a 9.0, making it the fourth largest quake in recorded world history and the largest earthquake to ever hit Japan.  More than 150 aftershocks registering 5.0 or higher have occurred since the initial event.

The size of this quake created a tsunami which crashed into Japan with a wall of water more than 30 feet high.  The tsunami’s devastating power has erased huge sections of development, sweeping complete villages out to sea and destroying vital infrastructure. 

Perhaps the deadliest part of this crisi has yet to happen.  As of today, three of Japan’s 54 nuclear power plants have experienced explosions causing unstable cores, beginning meltdowns, and leaking radiation.  The effect of a complete meltdown would devastate large areas of land, leaving them uninhabitable; additionally the physical affects on human life would be horrendous.

No official death toll can be assessed by the Japanese authorities, however they expect more than 10,000 losses. 

My heart aches for the people of Japan and for those who have lost loved ones.  I urge you to pray for the people of Japan and to contribute to the American Red Cross or other emergency agencies to assist in its almost impossible task of rescue and recovery.  For a list of reputable agencies, click here.

Scenes from beautiful Japan

 

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