Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Japan was hit by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded on March 11, 2011. The magnitude 9.0 quake spawned a deadly tsunami that slammed into the small island nation, leaving a huge swath of devastation in its wake. Thousands of people are dead and many more are still missing or injured. Almost half a million peopl ehave been left homeless.

In addition, the country is facing a nuclear crisis from damage to several power reactors. Not since Three Mile Island has there been a more serious threat of reactor meltdown.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief is working with the United Church of Christ in Japan and other partners to bring relief to communities in Japan.

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