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£50,000 to assist following Japan disaster

posted 15 Mar 2011, 15:03 by Michael Davey

14 March 2011

On Friday 11th March, a massive earthquake, the seventh largest recorded in history, struck the east coast of Japan.

The earthquake, measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale, triggered a tsunami which swept across the east coast of Japan with 7-metre-high waves, leaving a trail of destruction.

Thousands of people have already died and thousands more are missing or injured. The President of the Grand Charity has approved an emergency grant of £50,000 to the British Red Cross, to assist with its Japan Tsunami Appeal. 

Since the earthquake struck, there have been repeated earthquakes, with magnitudes of 6.6, every 30 to 60 minutes. The tsunami alert is still active. Landslides have been reported in 37 areas. Roads, bridges, railroads, dykes and buildings are damaged in about 460 places and many roads are impassable.

The scale of the disaster is still unfolding, with search and rescue teams frantically working whilst dealing with ongoing earthquakes. The threat of a second major tsunami is high, and there are also fears about the stability of the Fukushima nuclear plant. 

For further information about the Red Cross Appeal: