Japan Fights to Avoid Nuclear Disaster; Death Toll From Tsunami Could Top 10,000
- Japan is facing what prime minister Naoto Kan called its "toughest and most difficult crisis" since World War II, as workers struggle to prevent meltdowns in two reactors at the Fukushima power plant. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said that a third reactor would possibly experience an explosion like that of yesterday. 200,000 people have been evacuated from the surrounding areas. Nineteen people have reportedly been exposed to radiation, and three of them were hospitalized. The prime minister ordered a Tokyo power company to enact power outages in order to preserve energy. [CNN, NYT]
- The police chief of Miyagi prefecture told disaster relief officials that the death toll would probably reach 10,000. The official count right now is 1,200 killed, 739 missing. [AP]
Reposting again the list of ways you can help:
Donate to the Red Cross here or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone. You can text 'JAPAN' or 'QUAKE' to 80888 to make a $10 donation to the Salvation Army.
Global Giving has a disaster relief fund; you can donate online.
Doctors Without Borders is sending folks to Japan to help.
In New York, Mayor Bloomberg's Fund To Advance New York City is accepting donations that will go to help victims.