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Written on March 31, 2011 at 6:23 am, by bdg
180 brave souls taking shifts to cool down the damaged reactors of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Known as the Fukushima 50 because they work on shifts of 50, they work knowing the full risk of being exposed to radiation. Knowing that it could directly cause their death, or increase risk of cancer. Still, they went head on without any hesitations, thinking only of the millions that will be saved by sacrificing themselves.
Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times staff writer, wrote about a 59 year old member of the Fukushima 50 who was six months shy of his retirement, yet still volunteered for the assignment.
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Written on March 17, 2011 at 8:10 am, by bdg
Here are several ways to donate to Red Cross’ Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief and Recovery efforts:
1.) Donate through SMS and G-Cash:
Donating nowadays can be fast and effective; a simple text can help the lives of the people who were caught in Japan’s devastating Earthquake & Tsunami, 14th of March in the afternoon. Globe & Smart Subscribers may be able to donate by simply texting the amount. Globe Subscribers may also send their donations by making use of their G-Cash transfer. For detailed information Read More.
2.) Donate through Cash or Check:
If you’re planning to donate cash or by check simply send it to the PRC National Headquarters. The PRC Headquarters is located at Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, and PO Box 280, Manila 1018. Also it is important that the checks are made payable to “The Philippine Red Cross (FAO of Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster) to ensure that donations are made for the relief and recovery of Japan. PRC also makes arrangements for donation pick up. For detailed information Read More.
3.) Donate through Bank Deposit:
Donations can also be made by depositing on PRC bank accounts. Transaction slips should be faxed indicating your “Name, Address, Contact Number” and the remarks “FAO of Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster” for it to be properly acknowledged. For detailed information Read More.
4.) Donate Online:
Online donation is the easiest way in giving donations for Japan, by visiting the Philippine Red Cross site, donations are acknowledged through PayPal. For detailed information Read More.
For more Information and Inquiries please visit: http://www.redcross.org.ph/japan or http://www.redcross.org.ph/donate
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Written on March 17, 2011 at 7:05 am, by bdg
While the total destruction brought about by the recent seismic event in Japan is not yet disclosed, it is sure to go down as one of the worst natural disasters in history. A tsunami with an average height of 33 feet (10 meters) brought devastation not only because of the water, but because of the debris that it carries.
Throughout history, a lot more tsunamis caused destruction all over the world. For a list of the worst tsunamis ever recorded, click on the following sites.
Written on March 17, 2011 at 1:54 am, by bdg
Predicting the exact time of when an earthquake will strike is almost always impossible. So be prepared. By accepting that there will come a time that an earthquake will occur, you will be mentally ready and won’t panic when the time does come.
There are three things that you need to consider in surviving earthquakes. First is what to do before an earthquake. How do you prepare, what do you need to stock, things like these. Next is what do you do during an earthquake. Where do you hide? Will you go outside or hide indoors? Lastly, after surviving the worst, what’s next? Are you still 100% ok? No Injuries? What’s the extent of the damage? Are all utilities available?
These three stages should be addressed in order for you to survive an earthquake. Read more. http://geology.com/articles/earthquake-safety.shtml
Written on March 16, 2011 at 8:07 am, by bdg
With the recent string of earthquakes occurring all over the world, it is logical that we should prepare for this type of disaster. But in preparing for the worst earthquake, don’t forget that other disasters could hit your area. It would be best to research on what natural disaster(s) is your area prone to, and to prepare for them. In hindsight, The Science Channel listed the Top 10 Natural Disasters to show that a storm or a wildfire could be just as menacing as an earthquake or a tsunami. Read more. http://science.discovery.com/top-ten/2009/natural-disasters/natural-disasters-10.html
Written on March 16, 2011 at 8:06 am, by bdg
Being a country that is already somewhat used to earthquakes, Japan’s infrastructure held up very well. But it was the tsunami that caused further destruction. The International Tsunami Information has a comprehensive list tsunamis dating from 2000BC up to the present. Read more. http://ioc3.unesco.org/itic/categories.php?category_no=77
Written on March 16, 2011 at 8:01 am, by bdg
No, this is not a list of movies that are so bad they’re called disasters. In light to the recent events that transpired in Japan, we made this list of movies from the enduring genre of films depicting a disaster to recognize the indelible strength of the human spirit that we always see in movies but ever so rarely in real life.
The Core (2003)
Deep Impact (1998)
Dante’s Peak (1997)
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
The Perfect Storm (2000)
Children of Men (2006)
28 Days Later (2002)
I am Legend (2007)
The Happening (2008)
The Stand (TV, 1994)
Written on March 16, 2011 at 7:58 am, by bdg
Toshiro Tanimoto, special to CNN, writes the reasons why Japan will triumph over the tsunami attack that devastated the country. He expresses his amazement on how his fellow countrymen could remain so calm and civil after everything that has happened to them. He shares the story of a time when he bought water. With supplies currently decreasing, he found only 10 bottles of water on a near empty shelf in the grocery. To his surprise, it was still sold for 1$ per bottle. Wherein common business sense would deem the most logical thing to do is to raise the price, the grocery did not change the price because it would be taking advantage of someone who already endured such hardship. What’s even more astonishing is that Mr. Tanimoto only took 5 bottles, knowing that other people will visit the grocery, and would be needing water. Read more. http://edition.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/03/14/tanimoto.trust.japan.quake/index.html?hpt=C2
Written on March 16, 2011 at 7:57 am, by bdg
New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof says the United States of America can learn from the Japanese people in putting service to community personal interests especially in times of need. He recalls in the wake of the Kobe earthquake of 1995 when practically everything in the port of Kobe was destroyed, he was investigating through the remains for any sign of crime. Eventually, he came across a store owner who was robbed by two men. He then asked the store owner if he was surprised that fellow Japanese would take advantage of such a catastrophe, but the shop owner only gave him a bewildered look and told him that the robbers were foreigners. Read more. http://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/11/sympathy-for-japan-and-admiration/
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Written on March 16, 2011 at 7:55 am, by bdg
The Japanese is greatly admired for their resilience and civility amongst pain and destruction, its people’s capacity to consider the welfare of its community rather personal benefits. Amidst the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plant, in what can only be described as heroism that is only shown in movies or read in books, Japanese people risk their lives in trying to revert an otherwise impending disaster that may not only affect Japan but other countries like the Philippines as well. Read more, http://www.tonymarini.com/
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