The unthinkable has happened: Another earthquake has hit Japan in the same region that was devastated by the earthquake and tsunami last month. The way things are playing out in Japan, you would think the country was the setting of one of those awful apocalyptic natural disaster movies. Haven't these people been through enough already?
The epicenter of the magnitude-7.1 earthquake was off the coast of Miyagi in northeastern Japan, which is 41 miles from Sendai -- one of the areas worst hit by last month's quake -- and 73 miles from Fukushima, the site of the current nuclear crisis resulting from last month's disaster. Luckily, officials at the Fukushima plant said there was no immediate sign of new problems; however, the workers have been evacuated.
Just like last time, the Japan meteorological agency has issued a tsunami warning and people in the coastal area have been told to "evacuate immediately" to a safe place away from the shore. I cannot even fathom how frightened the Japanese people must be right now to have to go through this a second time.
Of course, the best thing you can do -- besides sending thoughts and prayers out to the people of Japan -- is to donate money to help Japan recover from this unimaginable tragedy. Two great places include:
The Salvation Army
- Text the words “JAPAN” or “QUAKE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
- By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
- Online at: https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org
- By mail: Send your check, marked “Japan earthquake relief,” to: The Salvation Army World Service Office International Relief Fund PO Box 630728 Baltimore, MD 21263-0728
The Red Cross
- Make a donation online.
- Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone.
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