The huge, 7-metre tsunami that hit Japan was triggered by an 8.9-magnitude earthquake, the most powerful to hit Japan in at least 100 years. The quake sparked fires in at least 80 locations and has been followed by dozens of aftershocks, with the strongest measuring 7.1. Huge waves engulfed towns, knocked houses off foundations, and swept away cars and boats.
The twin disasters have devastated hundreds of towns and villages in northeast Japan. Japanese media report that at least 1,000 people are presumed dead, with the casualty count certain to rise.
The quake has been followed by dozens of strong aftershocks. Japan's prime minister called the crisis the most severe challenge the nation has faced since World War II. Officials have declared a state of emergency for a nation grieving the loss of so many lives while gripped by fear of more quakes and possible radiation leaks from damaged nuclear reactors at two power plants.
At the request of Japanese Christians, Samaritan's Purse has deployed a team to provide emergency relief aid to people affected by the deadly earthquake and massive tsunami that hit the northeastern coast of the country on March 11.
Staff members are on their way to the affected area. They will be working with local churches to distribute food, water, blankets, hygiene supplies, and other aid to people who have lost virtually everything.
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