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Mar 11, 2011

Tsunami hits Japan

Across the Pacific, Japan was struck by the most powerful earthquake in the island’s history and a tsunami that it unleashed in the aftershocks compounded the problems.  The epicenter of the main quake was about two hundred and thirty miles northeast of Tokyo.  At last count there were several hundred people confirmed dead but the actual death toll is expected to rise to as high as five thousand.  The eight point nine magnitude earthquake, which was centered near the east coast of Japan, caused the formation of thirty foot walls of water that swept across rice fields, engulfed entire towns, and dragged houses onto highways. Buildings collapsed by the score, and numerous fires were ignited, leaving tens of thousands of people displaced.  In Belize, the gripping news has Japanese nationals worried about families back home, especially because communication with their loved ones has been lost.  Meanwhile, an all-day event at the IT-Vet on Freetown road to observe Japan Day on Saturday, March nineteenth has taken on a whole new purpose.  The cultural fest will now serve to not only expose Japanese culture and cuisine but also to raise funds for those affected.

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1 Response for “Tsunami hits Japan”

  1. Orlando says:

    The question here is what Belize going to do about it? send some help or what? thank God that nothing close to this size happen to Belize. This is not a man made, so my people lets pray for those less fortunate and please understand the word less fortunate, because my Belizean people are much better off now. Yesterday those people have everything and some, today they have nothing!

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