Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

As you've no doubt heard, last Friday a mega quake measuring a massive 8.9 on the Richter scale hit just of the coast of Hoshu, Japan, resulting in a tsunami that has devastated the country. We've probably all seen the footage, heard the reports of loss of life and home, and are no doubt keeping a keen eye on the situation at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Above all, I imagine we're all thinking about the people of Japan at this very difficult time.

Many charities and aid organisations are trying to do what they can in the face of extremely worrying circumstances. One organisation that I have mentioned before on this site and one that is already hard at work in Japan is Shelter Box. They provide emergency shelter and life saving supplies to regions hit by disaster and aim to help 500,000 people each year. Each large green shelter box is tailored to the type of emergency situation being addressed but typically contains blankets, water, purification and cooking equipment, and activities and toys for children.

I will be displaying the Shelter Box Donation Banner on my blog for the next few months so that visitors can donate to this very worthy cause. You can also find out more by visiting the website at http://shelterbox.org/donate.php and by viewing the information video below.

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