It's been over 12 hours now since an earthquake of at least magnitude 8.9 struck off the coast of Japan. Frequent earthquakes are commonplace in that region of the world, and major cities are for the most part built to withstand the seismic shock. The close proximity and shallow depth of the quake had a secondary effect though - giant tsunami waves.
If this reminds you of the Indian Ocean earthquake just over six years ago, it's no coincidence. The waves of flooding were described as striking farmland in "sparsely populated" areas, but that's not the same as UN-populated areas. Lives have been lost, the destruction is severe, and the death toll is rising. The ripple effects of this event have yet to be felt fully.
If you have a moment, stop and take a look at the coverage on CNN, or from any other news network. If you're moved by the devastation and so inclined to help, we recommend the American Red Cross. They are already coordinating rescue and relief efforts to help the people of Japan, much as they do in every crisis, such as the recent devastating earthquakes in Haiti.
Whether or not you choose to donate, spare a thought today for Japan. Even though people in the major cities were largely spared, the size of the earthquake was horrifying even for people used to regular seismic events, and the aftershocks were large and frequent. Those aftershocks led to fires, explosions, and even collapsed buildings that caused more deaths. Whether on the Northern coastal lands or not, the people in Japan suffered greatly these last 12 hours.
We at RapReviews offer our prayers and support to Japan and all Pacific nations and peoples affected by these events.
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