"We are praying for you"
Our thoughts and prayers are with our Japanese friends on this desperate day. The Omni Report takes a strong stance against the Japanese Whalers and often ridicules the Japanese but would never wish this upon thousands of innocent people. We are devastated.
This earthquake at 8.9 was 8,000 stronger than the New Zealand earthquake. EIGHT THOUSAND TIMES STRONGER.
It stands now as the 5th largest ever recorded.
"Tonight, huge fires burned unabated across large parts of the country as damaged oil refineries and gas works billowed black smoke into the sky.
Half the country was understood to be without power, with four million homes in Tokyo alone being cut off, while the army has been deployed to the quake-hit areas to help relief efforts.
However those relief efforts were hampered by a number of aftershocks, including a 6.6 magnitude tremor which hit Tokyo and caused already damaged buildings to shake further.
Elsewhere, two high-speed bullet trains were missing alongside a cruise ship carrying 100 passengers that was swept away when the wave hit. One of the trains was reported to be carrying 400 passengers.
A state of emergency was declared at a nuclear power plant in Fukushima after the 8.9 quake caused the cooling system to fail"
The nuclear plant could cause a world-wide disaster ala Chernobyl if there is a radiation leak. We HOPE they can contain this admist all the other problems they are having.
Sigh of relief that the tsunami waves did not impact Hawaii, US or Central and South America as feared. Thank God for small or in this case BIG favors.
International Red Cross Donations
UPDATE: Kyodo wire is reporting 88,000 people MISSING.