Japan earthquake and tsunami: How to help

March 11, 2011 2:46pm JST

Japan was hit by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded on March 11. The magnitude-9.0 quake spawned a deadly tsunami that slammed into the small island nation, leaving a huge swath of devastation in its wake. Thousands of people are dead and many more are still missing or injured; almost half a million people are homeless.

In addition, the country is facing a nuclear crisis that some experts warn may be much worse than the 1979 Three Mile Island disaster.

Japan has often donated when other countries have experienced disasters, such as when Hurricane Katrina impacted the United States. Japan needs our assistance and every donation helps.

U.S. State Dept. & Embassy Resources

U.S. citizens seeking information can go to the U.S. Department of State Travel site or call 1-888-407-4747 (toll free) or 1-202-501-4444. For U.S citizens in Japan seeking up to date information, go to the U.S. Embassy in Japan site.

8.8 magnitude earthquake in central Chile, sets off Tsunami

27 February, 2010

Chile EarthquakeAn earthquake hit central Chile early Saturday measuring 8.8 on Richter Scale and lasted for about one and a half minute and set off a tsunami. Damage could be seen all around but exact extent of damage is still not sure as buildings fell and electricity and phone lines went down. As of now there is report of at least 6 people having been killed said Chile President Michele Bachelet.

Speaking from an emergency response center, the President said, “We have had a huge earthquake. We’re doing everything we can with all the forces we have. Any information we will share immediately.”

The President also asked people to not travel in dark as traffic lights are down.

The massive earthquake hit at 3:34 a.m. (0634 GMT; 1:34 a.m. EST). It was centered 200 miles southwest of the capital, Santiago, at a depth of 22 miles.

TV Chile reported that among the buildings that collapsed , was a Church in central city of Providencia. There was chaos as people were running from high rise buildings and glass shattering from the buildings.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said,  “Sea level readings indicate a tsunami was generated. It may have been destructive along coasts near the earthquake epicenter and could also be a threat to more distant coasts.” So a warning was issued for Chile and Peru and not so urgent watch for Ecuador, Columbia, Costa Rica, Panama and Antarctica. There was a warning for Hawaii as a tsunami could hit there later in the day.

Chile have had a huge quake hit it on May 22, 1960 of  magnitude-9.5. 1,655 people were killed and 2 million lost their homes. The resultant tsunami had killed many people in Japan, Hawaii and Philippines. There was some damage to US West Coast also.

However this time the U.S. west coast tsunami warning center has said that they do not think a tsunami will reach west of US or Canada but still they are keeping a close watch as the situation develops in Chile earthquake 2010.But mostly by the earthquake Chile has been affected. Naturally memories of recent Haiti earthquake have been reawakened by the new Chile quake. We will keep you posted on the relief and rescue efforts in quake affected Chile.

This earthquake and tsunami will reveal HUGE amounts of destruction and human need. Please make a donation of any amount to help humanitarian efforts in the regions affected by the 2010 Chile Earthquake / Tsunami.

The 2010 Haiti earthquake was a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 M earthquake centered approximately 25 kilometers (16 mi) from Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, which struck at 16:53:09 local time (21:53:09 UTC) on Tuesday, 12 January 2010. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 13 kilometers (8.1 mi). The United States Geological Survey recorded a series of aftershocks, fourteen of them between magnitudes 5.0 and 5.9. The International Red Cross estimates that there have been as many as three million people affected by the quake, and an estimated 45–50,000 deaths.

Most of Port-au-Prince’s major landmarks were significantly damaged or destroyed in the earthquake, including the Presidential Palace (though the President survived), the National Assembly building, the Port-au-Prince Cathedral, and the main jail. All hospitals were destroyed or so badly damaged that they have been abandoned. The United Nations reported that headquarters of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), located in the capital, collapsed and that a large number of UN personnel were unaccounted for. The Mission’s Chief, Hédi Annabi, was confirmed dead on 13 January by President René Préval.

Appeals for international aid have been issued, including from Raymond Joseph, Haiti’s ambassador to the United States and his nephew, singer Wyclef Jean, also a “roving ambassador” for Haiti.

Several countries have responded to the appeals. The neighboring Dominican Republic was the first country to give aid to Haiti, easing tensions that have been growing between the two countries since the 19th century. British charities have launched a massive fund raising effort.

The U.S. Army’s 1st Battalion, 73rd Infantry from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, has been scheduled to deploy on 15 January 2010 along with the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. The U.S. Navy also announced on 13 January 2010 that the hospital ship Comfort and amphibious helicopter carrier Bataan will be deployed to assist in the humanitarian relief efforts. On January 14 2010, the US Government announced a large relief fund effort for Haiti. The US president, Barack Obama, said America would give $100m to the aid effort for the stricken Caribbean country and pledged that the people of Haiti “will not be forgotten”.

The International Red Cross has announced that it has run out of supplies in Haiti and has appealed for public donations. Giving Children Hope has been working to get much-needed medicines and supplies on the ground.

Israel sent medical teams with supplies to Haiti. The Israelis will attempt to help at least 500 patients each day.

Partners in Health is the largest health care provider in rural Haiti; it oversees some 10 hospitals and clinics, all far from the capital and all still intact. PIH is currently serving the flow of patients from Port-au-Prince.

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