March 11th – A Year On: Charity Events

It is a year on since the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami which claimed 20,000 lives and caused the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant to go into meltdown. Japan is recovering but slowly. Unfortunately over 300,000 people are without homes and communities are in disarray with ghost towns replacing once lively cities. Many news organisations are reporting the anniversary with the BBC and Guardian providing pictures that show what the disaster hit areas look like now. the BBC is also providing coverage of memorial events in Japan.

As a blogger that focusses on Japanese films a lot I want to play a part in aiding in the reconstruction and making people aware of events around the UK. You can donate money to the UK Japan Foundation’s fundraiser or check out the Japanese embassy website for anything that might be happening near you – most of these are in London.

Earthquake Registering 8.9 in Japan

An earthquake Registering 8.9 on the Richter Scale hit off the coast of Honshu, Japan’s main island. As I write this I’m watching the BBC which is showing shocking images from people scrambling out of buildings just missing getting hit by debris to a giant whirlpool which threatens to swallow a boat. Thankfully, Japanese buildings have been built to withstand earthquakes but news is still grim.

Damage is extensive. Communications like cell phones are down, nuclear facilities are damaged and as I’m writing this, there is a death toll of between 200 and 350+ people across Japan (highest in Sendai where police have found a number of bodies). Due to the fact that communications are down the number of casualties and the true state of infrastructure is unknown.

Unfortunately, in the aftermath of the earthquake there has been a tsunami which has caused utter havoc and devastation in Japan and the wider Pacific area.

The impact in Japan itself seems devastating. News organisations are carrying images of shipping containers, cars even houses being washed away like bracken as the tsunami water flows inland these have been deadly as it seems that between 200 and 300 people have drowned.

The BBC has given this blanket coverage on its news channel and website covering the event comprehensively.

A quick check around a blog I follow reveals unfiltered information and startling video. Twitter reported a thousand tweets a minute from Tokyo. TBS has been streaming its news programmes over USTREAM (Japanese language).

Enough from me. Japan hasn’t asked for aid yet but if you want to contribute help head over to the Red Cross website and donate to their appeal. Update:

Anime News Network have a series of links to places you can donate

Crunchyroll is also taking donations