Japan Struck By Massive Quake and Tsunami

My heart goes out to the people of Japan, and to all those who have loved ones who are still missing. I’ve been blogging about the unfolding disaster on the Fierce Planet web site. The devastating destruction of the 8.9 quake and tsunami has been catastrophic.  So many lives lost and so many still unaccounted for. With aftershocks, fires, and nuclear power plant malfunctions added to the chaos, Japan is in absolute turmoil. Officials are still assessing the damage and sadly the death toll continues to rise.

Japan 2011 Quake and Tsunami (AP) JAY ALABASTER and TODD PITMAN

The USGS reports that more than 124 aftershocks of magnitude 5 or higher have rattled Japan since the big one. Thousands have been evacuated and sent to temporary shelters. I’ve also blogged on my Grant Whisperer web site about Network for Good, the organization accepting online donations for those of you interested in making a contribution to one of the many emergency responders such as the American Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders.

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