The death toll following the earthquake in Nepal has risen to over 4300 and still rising. United Nations says that eight million people have been affected, and over a million need food aid. I’m not a religious person, pray if you wish (no sarcasm meant) but it’s more practical to send donation via relevant bodies.
Natural disaster archives - Earthquakes, typhoons etc. and relief efforts
A massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit Japan this afternoon and triggered a tsunami up to 10 metres high. Video shows the three-metres wave hitting Sendai in the east coast.
The death toll stands at 26 at the time of writing, with many feared missing. [Update] Over 1300 fatalities, death toll continues to rise and may exceed 10000. You can make a donation to Red Cross Japan via Google’s Crisis Response project.
The 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, or the Great East Japan Earthquake, was a 9.0-magnitude undersea earthquake off the coast of Japan that occurred at 14:46 JST on March 11.
It was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan. It’s also the fourth most powerful earthquake in the world since modern record-keeping began in 1900.
The earthquake triggered destructive tsunami waves of up to 40 metres that struck Japan, in some cases travelling up to 10 km inland.
Over 13,000 deaths are confirmed, with another 15,000 reportedly missing.
The earthquake and tsunami also caused a nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Power Plant.
With reference from Wikipedia.
South Korea’s Gangwon Province was blanketed by more than a metre of snow earlier this week, the heaviest snowfall in the northeastern province in a century.
Haiti earthquake 2010
A massive earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010. Death toll estimates range from 100,000 to about 160,000. Beside homes, the quake also destroyed many infrastructures including hospitals, transports and power network.
It’s the single largest catastrophe to hit the Caribbean Sea country in centuries.
UNICEF is a United Nation program on children welfare. They help to provide nutrition, healthcare and protection to children in Haiti. Official website here.
A giant sinkhole appeared in Guatemala City on May 30…
A sinkhole is a natural depression in the surface topography caused by the removal of soil or bedrock, often both, by water [via wiki]. And it seems like Guatemala’s topography is particularly prone to the phenomenon in extremity.
[Update] Check out a short video showing the forming process of a giant sinkhole.
The crater is linked with the Tropical Storm Agatha which hit Central America. Guatemala was hit hardest with 90+ deaths. 100,000+ have been evacuated and many are living in temporary shelters. The president has called for help from international communities. Check your local news to see how you can help.
Photo by Paulo Raquec, released via Guatemalan Government’s Flickr.