NEWS RELEASE: Tsunami Hits Japan After Massive Earthquake–OpUSA Prepares Aid
OPERATION USA TO SEND EMERGENCY AID TO JAPAN FOLLOWING 8.9 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE
LOS ANGELES, CA (March 11, 2011)—Los Angeles-based International relief agency Operation USA announced today that it will prepare to aid Japan as necessary as part of the relief efforts following the earthquake that hit last night.
The 8.9 quake, the most powerful recorded in Japan’s history, struck 250 miles north-east of Tokyo, trigerring a massive Tsunami. The earthquake hit at 1446 local time at a depth of about 24km, causing great human loss and extensive damage to infrastructure.
Although the death toll is unclear, the first police reports indicate that approximately 300 bodies have been found. Many people are still missing. Tsunami warnings have been issued across the Pacific to North and South America.
Operation USA appeals for donations of funds from the public. The organization also calls for bulk corporate donations of health care materials, which it will ship to the region from its base in the Port of Los Angeles.