The coverage of the earthquake, tsunami that hit Japan is terrifying. I haven't been able to reach my brother and family in Japan. Please keep them, all suffering from the quake, in your warm thoughts and prayers.
I just found out my cousin who is there is okay, he's in Okinawa.
I'm keeping everyone over there in my thoughts.
I'm lost for words.
I feel more angry than anything right now. Mother Nature, give us all a fucking break. :(
I don't know anyone in Japan, but I wish the best for the country.
Google's homepage says the tsunami could hit NZ, Hawaii, Papua New Guinea and the Phillipines.
I pray not.
I have a cousin is in Japan. I'm still waiting to hear.....
The whole west coast of North and South America is on watch and tsunami waves have hit Hawaii already but it's not expected to be really bad. Hawaii was also hit by a smaller earthquake. There have been +40 (I actually think it's +80) aftershocks in Japan and they continue. You can watch live coverage on Al-Jazeera English: http://english.aljazeera.net/watch_now/
They're not sure if the cooling systems in the nuclear power plants have worked correctly so there's been emergency warnings and evacuations near the plants.
:[ I hope you all hear from your families soon.
i hope everyone finds their loved ones ok and in good health. The westcoast of the states here is only supposed to get 2 - 4 foot waves, so we will all be fine.
Saskia ~ I know you said (on fb?) you heard from your family, but they and all of Japan are in my thoughts.
jeff's in japan, but i texted him and he said he was ok
I don't have TV reception, so I haven't seen the coverage. I just looked through a Yahoo collection of photos and I'm in shock. The immediate time after the earthquake is only the beginning of the problems. Industries are gone, which means jobs are gone. Sewer and water conveyances are broken. Homes are gone. The nuclear plant isn't yet stabilized. It's overwhelming.
It's tragic that it sometimes takes events like the devastating Japan earthquake to shake us from the relative calm in our lives, to give thanks for our loving family and friends. For the food on the table. The roof over our heads. And confront our own mortality.
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The people of Japan are in my thoughts and prayers, and I hope everyone hears from their loved ones! Saskia, I am glad it sounds like yours are safe. Is anyone donating?/ where is the best place to do so?
Praying for all those affected by the earthquake and tsunami. I hope all of you who have family and friends over there have heard from everyone and that they are all safe. Our niece is stationed over there and I also have friends there, but thankfully they are all safe. The devastation has been terrifying to see. Hope everyone comes together to help those in need. (((hugs)))
Thank you for the kind words. I am aware of a few ways to help Japan:
American Red Cross:
Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to #Japan eq & Pacific #tsunami relief. Or via their website at:
Although this would be more fun:
Vegan Bake Sale
"One idea for a vegan bake sale: a fundraiser for Japan. You can also split proceeds to various charities. Each participating group has full control over its proceeds. We'll help promote and support!"
Additional ways to help out at this link:
Perfect, I like those text to donate things, it makes it easy for everyone to gve a little and not feel overwhemed. My bank ATM had a new feature today to donate to the Red Cross on it, I thought that was a good, quick, easy and affordable option too.