(AP Photo/GeoEye)

On Friday March 11th 2011 the Northeast coast of Japan was hit with 9.0 magnitude earthquake, the fourth largest Earthquake in history and it was quickly dubbed by it’s people as ‘The Great Earthquake of Eastern Japan”. When the destructive quake hit, it was charted as an 8.9 magnitude that was powerful enough to spawn a Pacific Ocean Tsunami that triggered warnings in over 50 countries and territories that included the pacific coast of North and South America.

Today new information was released by Japan’s Meteorological agency which have declared the “Killer Quake” as  a 9.0 on the Richter scale which spawned a Pacific Ocean Tsunami that also hit the already devastated nation. Millions of people affected thousands of people dead thousands still missing as the death toll continues and to make matters worse the Nuclear Power plant 150 miles north of Tokyo had an explosion caused by the earthquakes damages. The cooling system malfunctioned at Unit 3 of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, large amounts of radiation were spewing out of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station, and the evacuation area around the plant was expanded to a 12-mile radius, but officials did not know how dangerous the leak was to people. Tens of thousands of people have already been evacuated and the Japanese authorities have classified the event at Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 as a Level 4 “Accident with Local Consequences” on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES), the scale runs from 0 to 7.

When I first heard about the the Earthquake and Tsunami I was shocked due to it being Canadian Music Week I didn’t have time to actually watch or listen to the in depth effects of this catastrophe. The tears wouldn’t stop when I saw those aerial shots as I absorbed the heartbreaking reality of the damage and pain these people have to deal with. I am a sensitive individual, when my Announcing teacher in college told me I should be a news broadcast reporter I couldn’t disagree with him more. It upsets me to see all the violence and unhappiness in this world, I don’t watch the news so I’m not always crying at the constant devastation in this world. Lives have been lost many souls are afflicted, the damage is extensive Mother Nature and her natural disaters are a phenomenon we cannot predict even though we try. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Japan and  to all those who are enduring the aftermath of this Earthquake including the Tsunami.

PLEASE DONATE! I did, below is all the info you need if you live in North America.


AMERICAN RED CROSS: Emergency Operation Centers are opened in the affected areas and staffed by the chapters. This disaster is on a scale larger than the Japanese Red Cross can typically manage. Donations to the American Red Cross can be allocated for the International Disaster Relief Fund, which then deploys to the region to help. Donate here or text REDCROSS to 90999 .

GLOBALGIVING: Established a fund to disburse donations to organizations providing relief and emergency services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami. Text JAPAN to 5055 or Donate here .

SAVE THE CHILDREN: Mobilizing to provide immediate humanitarian relief in the shape of emergency health care and provision of non-food items and shelter. Text JAPAN to 20222 or  Donate here.

SALVATION ARMY: The Salvation Army has been in Japan since 1895 and is currently providing emergency assistance to those in need. Text JAPAN or QUAKE to 80888 Donate here.

AMERICARES: Emergency team is on full alert, mobilizing resources and dispatching an emergency response manager to the region.    Donate here.

CONVOY OF HOPE: Disaster Response team established connection with in-country partners who have been impacted by the damage and are identifying the needs and areas where Convoy of Hope may be of the greatest assistance. Text TSUNAMI to 50555 or Donate here.

: Putting together relief teams, as well as supplies, and are in contact with partners in Japan and other affected countries to assess needs and coordinate our activities. Text MED to 80888 or Donate here.

SHELTER BOX: The first team is mobilizing to head to Japan and begin the response effort. Donate here.


Canadian Red Cross  –
text ASIA to 30333 to make a one-time donation of $5

Adventist Development and Relief Agency Canada –

Save the Children Fund –

World Vision Canada –

Some agencies will participate in relief work only if the tsunami causes damage in Indonesia, the Philippines or the developing countries in Southeast Asia

Care Canada –

Oxfam Canada –

The Salvation Army Canada – Text “QUAKE” to 45678 to donate $10

UNICEF CANADA – Text “GIVE” to 45678 to donate $5 (UNICEF)

The 2011 Off The Pacific Coast Tohoku Earthquake ~first report~

Note: This is a rush version, which may include translation errors.

A massive earthquake of magnitude of 9.0 occurred Friday 11 March, off the Pacific coast of the northeastern part of the Japanese main land (Tohoku Region), causing devastating damages. The Japan Meteorological Agency named this earthquake “The 2011 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku Earthquake.”

Earthquake Summary

Date and Time: 11 March 2011 14:46 JST (05:46 UTC)
Magnitude: 9.0 (interim value; the largest earthquake recorded in Japan)
Hypocenter: 130km off the Pacific coast of Tohoku region, from Iwate to Ibaraki Prefectures, 24km depth
Mechanism: Reverse fault type with WNW-ESE compressional axis (by CMT analysis)
JMA Seismic Intensity:
7 (Max) Kurihara City of Miyagi Prefecture
6+ 28 cities and towns (including Wakuya Town, Tome City, Osaki City, Natori City) in Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki, and Tochigi Prefectures
6- or weaker Observed nationwide from Hokkaido to Kyushu
Tsunami Warnings and Advisories: Please refer to real-time information at

Observed Tsunami

High tsunamis were observed on the Pacific coast from Hokkaido to Okinawa. In addition, tsunami were also observed on the coasts of the Sea of Japan, Sea of Okhotsk, and East China Sea.


  • Number of strong aftershocks have occurred in the area off the coast of Iwate, Miyagi, and Ibaraki Prefectures, which is considered as the source region of the main shock. The area is so large that, when compared to past cases, the activity of aftershocks is very high.
  • JMA Seismic Intensity of aftershocks will often be 5- or heavier, and it may sometimes reach 6- or 6+.
  • Tsunami may occur after a strong aftershock. Be cautious when a tsunami warning or advisory is issued.
  • Estimating from the occurrence of aftershock so far, the possibility of aftershocks with magnitude of 7 or higher is 70% until 10 a.m., 16 March, followed by 50% until 10 a.m., 19 March.

This article was compiled of several resources and original content.



2 thoughts on “HELP JAPAN!!

  1. Hi,

    My name is Jen and I work for the Canadian Red Cross. Thank you for helping to spread the word about how people can donate to our Japan earthquake appeal. We really appreciate it.

    We would love to continue to connect with you. You can find us on Twitter (@redcrosstalk, @redcrosscanada), Facebook (, and our blog is

    Thank you for your support!

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