Japan

Mar. 12th, 2011 04:15 pm
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I'm seeing all the coverage of the Japan earthquake, tsunami, and now nuclear(!) power plant problems and it is just surreal. I'm not really following the news networks because they keep showing us the same images over and over and there's tons of speculation and delayed reports. I would suggest that if any of you want to keep up with what's happening in Japan, check out this thread at Metafilter. It's one long flat thread--so it's easy to follow. It started when the earthquake hit, and is updating minute by minute (it's on one of my Firefox tabs right now, showing 15 new posts since 5 minutes ago). There are people on the ground in Japan checking in every now and again, links to pertinent videos, engineers weighing in on the nuclear power plant situation, and adhoc translators for news being released out of Japan.

An article from the Red Cross. Excerpt from the article about finding people and helping:

To respond to the needs of those concerned about relatives in the affected regions International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is encouraging those living overseas to make use of its restoring family links web page: www.icrc.org/familylinks.

Those who want to help can go to www.redcross.org and donate to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific.

I donated a little bit of money last night. My iron has been too low to donate blood (the last three times I went, all I got to show for it was a pricked finger -_-), but I'm going to sign up to try again.

The people of Japan are resilient and they will get through this.

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