earthquake and tsunami in the pacific

Brian Andrew - March 11 2011, 8:56 PM

Earthquake and tsunami in the Pacific - What you can do

David Meltzer, American Red Cross

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The pictures coming out of Japan today are just devastating.

This epic 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the nation's shores set off a series of giant waves that devastated its northern coast and spawned tsunami warnings in dozens of other countries in the Pacific, including the U.S.

As I write this, the Japanese Red Cross is deploying relief workers, emergency supplies, and other assistance to help ease suffering.

Other Red Cross societies in the Pacific region have provided early warning messages and assisted in evacuating those at risk. The American Red Cross opened temporary evacuation centers across the West Coast and Hawaii, providing a safe place for nearly 2,500 people to stay while they watched and waited for possible tsunami impact.

Emergency relief is needed right now for the mounting critical needs of the masses suffering such grave loss. Please donate now to support the Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami effort:
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The early reports we're receiving indicate this disaster has taken hundreds of lives and devastated thousands more.

As part of the global Red Cross humanitarian network of more than 13 million volunteers and 186 Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, we're uniquely positioned to manage catastrophic emergencies and provide assistance to those affected by emergencies like this enormous disaster.

The American Red Cross stands ready to extend support beyond the U.S. and its territories to assist other nations.

Our warehouse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is fully stocked with pre-positioned relief supplies for thousands of families, and our disaster specialists are standing by in case their assistance is requested.

Please help us do everything we can to assist in this time of great tragedy, give generously now.

David Meltzer
David Meltzer
Senior Vice President, International Services
American Red Cross
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