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Praying for Japan – 8.9 Earthquake Hits Japan, Followed by a Tsunami

My heart goes out to all those living in Japan.  According to CNN, “An 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit northern Japan on Friday, triggering tsunamis and sending a massive body of water filled with debris that included boats and houses inching toward highways.” The size Japan’s quake surprises seismologist, according to the LA Times.

Japan Captures Quake Footage with Camera Phone – Techland – Time.com

Check out this Video. Crazy.

Huge aftershocks continue to hit the capital of Tokyo, following a quake so strong it was felt 1,500 miles away in Beijing. There are fires at the center of Tokyo and people injured. Let’s keep Japan in our prayers. One person tweeted, “My Grandfather died in the tsunami.” As of 12:46 a.m. (PST) Eight people were confirmed dead in Japan. Now Time is reporting that hundreds are dead after the quake.

From NHK World

Link to Video About Earthquake – The Age (Australia)

This was the largest earthquake to hit Japan in 140 years, according to my friend Keith Cash, currently living in Japan.

Photos
Here are some photos of the earthquake from the LA Times.
Tsunami, Fires, Landslide – 55 Photos at Yahoo News

One way to pray more specifically is to go to Twitter to find some current prayer needs from those tweeting from Japan and about Japan.

My friend Keith Cash posted on facebook, “We are far inland, but the quake was very strong here east of Yokohama.  Cell towers are down, so I’m thankful for FB!  Everyone around here is okay.”

I thanked him for his update and told him I was glad he was okay, and then asked him about Tokyo.   He responded, “I’m still looking for reports, but there have been several reports of grocery stores here with isles of stuff that fell.  I haven’t heard of building damage, but they are built for these quakes.  The tsunami washed away some buildings and cars.  That’s all I have been able to get so far.”

Various Reports From Around the World (To help with our prayers)
Size of Japan’s Quake Surprises Seismologist – LA Times
Huge Earthquake Triggers Tsunami Off Japan’s Coast – The New York Times
8.9 – Magnitude Quake Rocks Japan – LA Times
Tsunami Hits North-Eastern Japan After Massive Quake – BBC News
Japan Suffers Major Damage From Tsunami After Earthquake Hits – Chicago Sun Times
Huge Tsunami Slams Coastal Japan After Quake – Yahoo News
Massive 8.9 Earthquake, Tsunami Hits Japan (video as well) – Times of India
Japan Earthquake 2011: 8.9 Magnitude Earthquake Hits, 13-ft Tsunami Triggered – The Huffington Post
Earthquake Strikes Japan (photos) – Brisbane Times
Tsunami Hits Japan After Earthquake (includes video)- Stuff.co.nz
Major Tsunami Damage in N Japan after 8.9 Quake – The Denver Post

Special Update
According to the National Weather Service, there is now a tsunami warning from the coastal areas of California and Oregon, from Point Concepcion (Santa Barbara area) to Oregon-Washington Border, as well as other areas. This was in effect at 12:44 a.m. PST, Friday, March 11th. The following list gives estimated times of the arrival for locations along the North American Pacific Coast. This listing of tsunami arrival times does not indicate a wave is imminent.

Hawaii Tsunami Waves Sweep Across Islands (no major damage in Hawaii as of yet) – The Huffington Post
Small waves from tsunami likely to hit California this morning (Santa Monica 8:39 a.m.) – LA Times


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