Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aid

An 8.9-magnitude earthquake, the strongest recorded in Japan’s history, has triggered a tsunami affecting northern Japan, killing hundreds.

The tsunami triggered warnings throughout Asia and coastal areas of the US and Latin America. Evacuations were reported in coastal areas in the US, including Oregon. Waves that hit Hawaii early today did not cause major damage, according to news reports.

The worst-hit area in Japan was the northeastern port city of Sendai, which was the closest metropolitan area to the quake’s epicenter. Officials said up to 300 bodies were found; the death toll there and elsewhere is expected to rise, the New York Times reported.

We ask that you keep the people of Japan and the Pacific Rim in your thoughts and prayers and  if you would like to support the relief effort please visit the Church World Service donor page.

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