Cutremurul din Japonia Martie 11,2011 – Pray for Japan

Psalm 46:1-3,7    God Is Our Fortress

To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song.

1God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
2Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling.

7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Tsunami Death Toll Rises to 900; 6.4 Magnitude Aftershocks Continue

Survivors paddle through the streets in Ishinomaki.Survivors paddle through the streets in Ishinomaki.Photo: Jiji Press/Getty Images

More than 900 people have now been reported dead as a result of Friday’s earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan. Japanese news media quoted government officials saying the death roll could rise to more than 1,300, most of them drowned. Over 10,000 people are currently missing. In the town of Minamisanriku, 9,500 people are unaccounted for, according to a local news agency. That figure is about half the population of the town. Overall, about 300,000 people have been evacuated from their homes. [NYT, CNN, Reuters]

More than 3,000 people have been rescued from “collapsed homes, muddy waters, and raging fires,” according to Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan. Rescuers will continue to search for missing people. [CNN, NYT]

You can read the entire story here.

This is an interesting video. Living in Chicago, a city with 1,117 high rise buildings (over 35 meters or 12 stories) and a population of 2,836,658, I watched videos like the one below with trepidation. Only the hand of God stayed the power of the earthquake from total catastrophy.

The location of the quake and its orientation means most of the West Coast of the United States was spared major impact, Bernard said.”If the earthquake had been somewhere else, the effects on the Washington coast could have been much worse.” (Seattle Times)

Pray for the people of Japan. May God be their source of comfort and may they be open and receptive to the saving Gospel of Christ.

Video of Tsunami in city of Minami-Sanriku, Japan from Associated Press.

4 additional raw videos of devastation in Japan from the Associated Press, as featured in the Los Angeles Times.

Video via Greg A.

Psalm 46:2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,

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