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Hope in the Earthquake

March 22nd, 2011

In big tragedies like the earthquake, it’s important to also find stories of hope. And in this case there were some incredible instances of that.

Three days after the quake, rescuers in the town of Ishinomaki heard what sounded like a baby crying. They didn’t think a baby could have survived the destruction and for three days in it. But the crying noise persisted and rescuers soon found a four-month old baby girl in her pink woolen bear suit. Her parents both survived as well.

A 24-year old American teacher, named Zach Branham, who taught English in Japan survived the earthquake in the northern town of Kuji but learned that the town where his girlfriend lived was hit by the tsunami. He walked for 20 hours over all the rubble to find his girlfriend. And he did. They plan to stay in Japan to help with the recovery.

And, equally incredibly, a 60-year old man was pulled out to the ocean with the moving waters of the tsunami. He clung on to the roof of his house for two days. Rescuers on a navy ship saw him floating nine miles from shore and rescued him!

So, what does this earthquake mean for us in the USA ?

Some of the tsunami waves came all the way to the United States. The West Coast of the United States (states like California, Oregan and the Hawaiian Islands) felt some of the tsunami waves but because it had to travel across the entire ocean the waves were much calmer by the time they reached here and caused very little damage.

And it is generally a time when governments and scientists and people in general try to make sure we are prepared for all kinds emergencies.

What can we do to help?

There are lots of ways to help the people in Japan who lost there homes or are living in temporary shelters. It will take a long time for life to get back to normal for them. Millions of those who survived are without water, power or proper food and some are separated from their families. Do you have any ideas for how we can help? If it’s a little confusing to make sense of which organization is best to support, here’s a group that’s helped figure that out .

Also, for those of you in the Westchester area here’s a wonderful organization .

And we can also keep the people of Japan in our thoughts and make sure we don’t forget them.

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