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Relief for Japan

A week after the 9.o-earthquake that left northeastern Honshu in Japan completely devastated, the world is riveted at the aggravating nuclear crisis. Rate of relief donation is slower than Haiti, owing to the deception that Japan is prosperous enough to rebuild. Japan actually relies on imported food and supplies. If where you live doesn’t have a relief campaign, go to Charity Navigator to find a charity or donate directly to Red Cross Japan.

“The current situation of the earthquake, tsunami and the nuclear plants is in a way the most severe crisis in the 65 years since World War II.” — Naoto Kan, Prime Minister of Japan, after country sustained its largest earthquake on record; the death toll is expected to exceed 10,000.

“In our history, this small island nation has made miraculous economic growth thanks to the efforts of all Japanese citizens. That is how Japan was built.” — Yukio Edano, Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan

“In those first years the roads were peopled with refugees shrouded up in their clothing. Wearing masks and goggles, sitting in their rags by the side of the road like ruined aviators. Their barrows heaped with shoddy. Towing wagons or carts. Their eyes bright in their skulls. Creedless shells of men tottering down the causeways like migrants in a feverland. The frailty of everything revealed at last. Old and troubling issues resolved into nothingness and night. The last instance of a thing takes the class with it. Turns out the light and is gone. Look around you. Ever is a long time. But the boy knew what he knew. That ever is no time at all.” — The Road, Cormac McCarthy

For Japan the Bells Toll

Strong quake of magnitude 8.9 hit the northeastern coast of Honshu, Japan. Sendai is most hard-hit city. My heart goes out to all the Japanese people and wish them safe and well. For latest information and people finder, visit the crisis response page.

Magnitude 5.6 Quake Shakes Bay Area

I was sitting on the couch reading Sword and Blossom at about 5 minutes past 8 when George came running frantically around the living room. I tried to calm him down when I felt this strong wavy motion overtaking the house. At first it was like a big rig passing by. Then the wavy motion turned into this liquidy, upward jerking motion. The earthquake lasted for well over 30 seconds. Nothing is damaged here although it was quite scary. So do dogs know or sense an earthquake coming?

Magnitude 5.6 – regional moment magnitude (Mw)
Time Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at 8:04:54 PM (PDT)
Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 3:04:54 (UTC)
Distance from Alum Rock, CA – 8 km (5 miles) NNE (31 degrees)
Milpitas, CA – 11 km (7 miles) E (91 degrees)
San Jose City Hall, CA – 15 km (9 miles) NE (45 degrees)
Sunol-Midtown, CA – 17 km (10 miles) NE (45 degrees)
Coordinates 37 deg. 25.9 min. N (37.432N), 121 deg. 46.5 min. W (121.776W)
Depth 9.2 km (5.7 miles)