On Friday March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit Japan.
This earthquake, its aftershocks, and subsequent tsunamis caused massive damage to Japan, particularly the Northeastern coast of Honshu near Sendai and Iwate.
On Saturday, March 19, 2011, the Japan's National Policy Agency confirmed the following data:8,199people dead.12,722people missing.2,611people injured.
386,739 people living in shelters in eight prefectures. In other words, over twice the entire population of the Kingston Metro Area is currently living in shelters. Unfortunately, new dangers are arising as radiation continues to leak from the damaged reactors at Fukushima's nuclear plants. The people of Japan are doing their best to cope with this horrible disaster, but they need our help.
Red Cross Canada is offering financial support to their sister organization, Red Cross Japan, who has deployed thousands of volunteers to provide first aid and medical services to earthquake victims.
Canadians wishing to help support relief efforts underway are encouraged to contribute to Red Cross Canada:
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