Japan Plagued by Disasters

For the past month, Japan has suffered from earthquakes, tsunamis, and a nuclear meltdown. On March 11, a 9.0 earthquake shook Japan, triggering a tsunami. On March 12, nuclear reactors began to melt down. Most recently, a 6.5 earthquake shook Japan on March 28.

Japan has reported a death toll of more than 11,600 so far, with Prime Minister Naoto Kan declaring a nuclear disaster zone. Many are calling for an expansion of the zone due to high radiation levels. Food is contaminated. Many are without permanent shelter.

Many ways exist to help those devastated by these disasters. The Red Cross, Unicef and the Salvation Army have set up a way to donate $10 using a cell phone. For the Red Cross, text “REDCROSS” to 90999. For Unicef, text “JAPAN” to 864233. For the Salvation Army, text “QUAKE” to 80888. Ten dollars will be charged to your next bill.

“Songs for Japan,” an album with 38 chart-toppers, is an album available for $9.99 through iTunes or $10.99 through Amazon. All proceeds to benefit Japan Disaster Relief.

The Zombie Defense Council raised $150.30 for Japan Disaster Relief in a bake sale on March 23. The Teamsters Local 214 is collecting non-perishable items. These include, but are not limited to, canned food and bandages. Donations will be shipped to the Red Cross for distribution.

Tiffany Higgins
Staff Writer

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