Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

I woke up this morning to hear horrible news… a magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck Japan, followed by a 30-foot high tsunami. The earthquake is the highest magnitude in Japanese history… higher even than the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake that registered at 7.9.

Hundreds of people are dead, and hundreds others are injured, missing, or homeless. Transportation has grinded to a halt north of Tokyo; train systems in Tokyo were taken offline following the earthquake but most of them are back up and running now.

I ask everyone reading this to consider donating money to help with the Japan relief efforts. If you live in the United States and Canada, the best way to make a donation is to send a text message using your cell phone to the American Red Cross and Canadian Red Cross, respectively.

If you live in the United States you can donate $10 by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999. Those in Canada can donate $5 by texting the word ASIA to 30333. These donations will be added to your next cell phone bill.

I hope to find out more about Japan’s transport status in the coming days as the extent of the damage becomes clearer. Please keep the people of Japan in your prayers and thoughts.