You will have seen on the news, heard on the radio or seen on the Internet the terrible Earthquake that hit the pacific this morning (our time), 66 miles off the East coast of Japan. The Earthquake measured 8.9 on the Richter scale and is the 6th largest recorded Earthquake on record.
All of the Rotary Box projects have put themselves on standby for what they think will be the largest supply of Disaster Relief equipment ever to be needed.
There is worse to come – a Tsunami is moving out from the epicentre and will hit the shores of all countries in the Pacific Rim Countries, which will cause more devastation.
Please find attached the news that arrived from ShelterBox this morning.
Can you please ask your clubs to support all the box projects at this time, boxes & their prices are shown below – everything is needed.
ShelterBox (http://www.shelterbox.org/news.php?id=612) – £590.00
Water Survival Box (http://www.worldwaterworks.org/wsb.html) – £150.00 or Donation to “TheBigGive.org.uk“
AquaBox (http://www.aquabox.org/latestnews.asp) – from £50.00
I am available to come to clubs and talk about the box projects, I also have a ShelterBox if you would like to see one of those
Yours in Rotary Service
Hello ShelterBox Supporters
As I’m sure most of you are already aware there has been a massive earthquake in Japan that’s triggered a tsunami. We have a Response Team, consisting of Lasse Petersen and Mark Pearson, currently mobilising and trying to get into Japan. Large areas of the Pacific Basin are on tsunami alert.
The latest news is online here – http://www.shelterbox.org/news.php?id=612 – or copied below. This disaster is still unfolding and the situation is constantly changing. As soon as we know more we will let you know. Please send any questions you have to me and not the Operations Team as they are extremely busy coordinating the response.
ShelterBox responding to Japanese earthquake and tsunami
A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) is mobilising after a massive earthquake struck Japan earlier today. The earthquake, measuring 8.9 in magnitude, triggered a tsunami that’s caused extensive damage.
The latest reports coming out of Japan have shown cars, ships and buildings being swept away with waves of up to 10 meters high slamming into the coast. Areas across the Pacific Basin have been put on tsunami alert including Russia, Guam, the Philippines, Taiwan and Hawaii.
SRT members Lasse Petersen (AU) and Mark Pearson (UK) are ready to head to Japan and begin ShelterBox’s international response.
‘The scenes we’re seeing are catastrophic,’ said Lasse. ‘Whole homes are being washed away and our thoughts go out to all the families who are facing this disaster. The epicentre was in Japan so our first team are mobilising to head there but we continue to watch very closely the path of the tsunami. We’re very aware the worst may not be over.’
According to U.S. Geological Survey the earthquake was magnitude 8.9 at a depth of 20 miles with the epicentre 250 miles away from Japan’s capital Tokyo.
The tsunami warning was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre and they say the wave could even reach as far as Chile.
Tom Henderson, ShelterBox Founder and CEO, added: ‘At present the scale of the disaster is difficult to measure. What we do know is that the combination of such a large earthquake followed by the tsunami has the potential to cause significant damage across the Pacific Rim.
‘We have aid pre-positioned locally and a member of the ShelterBox Response Team stationed in the Philippines enabling an immediate response.’