Are you like me, can’t take your eyes or heart off Japan? I found some resources to share, that help translate the enormity of the situation.
http://makikoitoh.com/ Blog by Makiko Itoh. Earthquake coverage isn’t her usual gig but she is feeling useful translating Japanese news into English. “It’s the least I can do,” she says in her post after 13 hours of translating. Our US news can be as much as two hours or more behind. She’s all over the translation right away. She Tweets at @makiwi and has even compensated for Twitter Fail Whales by creating an aggregator page on her blog. http://makikoitoh.com/aggregator
Check out the satellite photos at the New York Times. Use the mouse slider to get full view of the before and after. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/03/13/world/asia/satellite-photos-japan-before-and-after-tsunami.html
And, as I suspected UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief is already all over relief efforts. 100% of what you give goes to the relief. They do good work. I’m not Methodist but I believe in this organization. Get their latest news at: General Board of Global Ministry-UMCOR
We are all connected to Japan no matter our nationality. Chances are very great you’ve used Japanese products, studied our common history, have Japanese friends and colleages and benefited from this lovely country. My prayers are with them and the families around the world that have lost loved ones. My prayers are with all who begin to put the pieces back together.