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Hiratsuka, Lawrence's sister city in Japan

Do you know how Hiratsuka was affected by the earthquake and tsunami? If "sister city" means anything, it should mean we help them out during a disaster. I can't find any news on how they're doing.

Locals: Is Lawrence doing anything to help right now?

Best,
Chris

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siro_gravity
Mar. 14th, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
Mercy Corps has a place on their site where you can donate to the Japan rescue effort. It was where I donated, but I'm sure there are many good organizations to donate to.
mckitterick
Mar. 15th, 2011 07:19 am (UTC)
I can't even imagine the help they'll need. Something like $200 billion in damages and as many as ten thousand dead.
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affreca
Mar. 14th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
Second that they should be relatively fine. My old boss lives a couple of towns east. His wife is reporting some gas rationing and slim pickings on grocery shelves. The radiation cloud is heading out to see, so they should be safe from that. Hiratsuka seems to be out of the worst of it.
mckitterick
Mar. 15th, 2011 07:18 am (UTC)
Good news in a country that needs plenty of that right now.
silverfae
Mar. 15th, 2011 03:48 am (UTC)
FWIW, the urinalworld reports all is well.

I think we get into the same worried mindset that people who hear about tornados destroying entire towns in "the Midwest" are scared for us.. even when we're over 200 miles from the damage. There may be some damage, but nothing on the scale we're seeing at the main coastline.

Edited at 2011-03-15 03:51 am (UTC)
mckitterick
Mar. 15th, 2011 07:17 am (UTC)
That's good to know, though 200 miles isn't all that far where tsunamis are concerned. Good to know the LJWorld anticipated this concern.
silverfae
Mar. 15th, 2011 12:23 pm (UTC)

I'm sure a more frightening concern at this time is the travel of radiation levels from the nuclear reactor damage.
I can't imagine that kind of fearsome (and invisible to us) threat.
mckitterick
Mar. 15th, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh, I know! I'd think that Japanese people would find nuclear dangers even more uncomfortable than the rest of the world. I can't imagine the horror of it over there.

Geez: earthquake, tsunamis, aftershocks, and now nuclear catastrophe. Holy crap.
silverfae
Mar. 15th, 2011 06:11 pm (UTC)

Stir thoroughly with visions of dead bodies floating into shore.. what a nightmare.
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