Japan’s Emperor Akihito on Wednesday expressed deep concern over the nation’s escalating nuclear crisis and said he was praying for the safety of people.
It was the first time in the history of Japan that the emperor addressed his nation on television during a crisis, according to the country’s Imperial Household Agency. Akihito, 77, told the public that he was “deeply worried” about the nuclear crisis, which escalated to the point that plant workers had to be temporarily evacuated on Wednesday.
“The number of people killed is increasing day by day and we do not know how many people have fallen victim,” Akihito said. more >>
Japan tsunami survivors are living one day to the next in fear after facing three nuclear power plant explosions, scarcity of food, drinking water, and shelter despite freezing temperatures.
Overall, survivors of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami seem calm, but “the smell of fear hangs heavy in the air,” according to the Operation Blessing disaster relief team on the ground. Operation Blessing says it is the first U.S. non-governmental organization to arrive in Japan and partner with CRASH (Christian Relief Assistance Support & Hope), a consortium of churches of mostly American missionaries living in Japan.
Beginning Tuesday, relief workers with CRASH will distribute clean drinking water, one of the most critical needs right now. more >>
Megachurch pastors Rick Warren, Ed Young, John Piper and many more took to Twitter to send out prayers and reflection on life this weekend after a 8.9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan and left likely more than 10,000 people dead.
On Saturday, Warren of Saddleback Church in Southern California tweeted, "Pray for earthquake victims in Japan. I love the Japanese people having lived in Nagasaki as missionary."
He followed up with another tweet, "YOU can give to help earthquake victims in japan. 2,100 of our members serve on PEACE Relief Teams." more >>
Japan's earthquake and tsunami is likely to have killed more than 10,000 people in one state alone, according to the police chief of Miyagi prefecture (state) on Sunday.
Miyagi is one of the hardest-hit prefectures by the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that triggered a massive tsunami.
"This is Japan's most severe crisis since the war ended 65 years ago," said Prime Minister Naoto Kan to reporters. more >>
Prominent evangelical pastor John Piper described the scenes of the tsunami in Japan as "apocalyptic."
"The power of moving water is greater than most of us can imagine. Nothing stands before it," he said in a blog post Saturday.
Videos and images of the devastation caused by the earthquake that struck off the east coast of Japan and of the tsunami that followed on Friday have left the world in shock. more >>
The death toll in Japan is feared to top 1,700 as a result of Friday's disastrous earthquake and tsunami.
So far more than 600 are confirmed dead. The latest numbers come from Japan's Kyodo News.
''I hope we can overcome this unprecedented national crisis by the power of each individual and the government as well as relevant institutions," Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Saturday, as reported by the local news agency. more >>