Earthquake-triggered tsumanis sweep shores along Iwanuma in northern Japan on March 11. The magnitude 8.9 earthquake slammed Japan’s eastern coast, unleashing a 13-foot (4-meter) tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland.

“Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the people of Japan, particularly those who have lost loved ones in the earthquake and tsunamis. The United States stands ready to help the Japanese people in this time of great trial. The friendship and alliance between our two nations is unshakeable, and only strengthens our resolve to stand with the people of Japan as they overcome this tragedy. We will continue to closely monitor tsunamis around Japan and the Pacific going forward and we are asking all our citizens in the affected region to listen to their state and local officials as I have instructed FEMA to be ready to assist Hawaii and the rest of the US states and territories that could be affected.”

13 Responses to “tragedy”

  1. 1 Fred
    March 11, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Jesus 😦

  2. 2 Valerie
    March 11, 2011 at 9:19 am

    OMG I am here in Northern California and I have been up all night watching this….prayers go out to the victims of the quake….and prayers to my family in Hawaii for them to stay safe!

    • 3 Chi
      March 11, 2011 at 11:00 am

      I didn’t sleep a wink either…

      The intermittent tsunami warnings were disconcerting…

      My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Japan…

  3. 4 Sonjia Duncan
    March 11, 2011 at 9:28 am

    I pray for all who are victims of this earthquake and tsunami and the safety of my family and friends who live on the West coast.

  4. 5 Sue in Minnesota
    March 11, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Praying for the people of Japan, for those who have suffered loss and injury, and for all those involved in the recovery efforts.

  5. 6 Theo67
    March 11, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Terribly devastating.

  6. 7 ari
    March 11, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    wow, i didn’t hear about this till late. I had just found a friend on facebook who is japanese, and i sent her a message. Now i feel kind of bad because i didn’t ask how she was b/c i didn’t know about the earthquake.

  7. 8 Titti
    March 11, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Devastatingly catastrophic. My heart goes out to the people of Japan, Vanatu etc. Just as we were coming to terms of the devastation in Haiti, Pakistan, NZ, Brazil etc this happens. Earth can be such an inhospitable host sometimes.

  8. 10 Anonymous
    March 11, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Please know that the “Good Book” warns us of there would be days and times like these. OUR CREATOR told us all about these times. Frightening, Yes, But this land does not belong to you and me. It belongs to God. I get my peace by having the ATTITUDE that Lord, you warned us, and I know that our Lord and Creator/ Master Is In control. Yes, I pray for all the victims Involved In this Tusnami. I pray for all of God’s People, whether they are believers are not. We ALL still belong to GOD. Yes, we do what “WE” can, but we must leave the rest to our Creator, because he created EVERYTHING, the good bad and the ugly. God Is In Control, Is all we must remember. Just have the satisfaction of knowing that “GOD” got this. Mankind has no control of all the struggles, that we’re struggling with now days. It’s just been one big thing after another. Satan running rampantly. We must keep the FAITH anyhow, Inspite of. Okey dokey, I’ve shared my views, opininos, and feelings, and I thank you for reading 🙂 Hang In there Folks, and keep the FAITH 🙂

  9. 11 barb
    March 11, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I send my concerns and love to the people of Japan. May they be able to account for all the missing people. May aid come to them in a timely manner as the need occurs. May they be held up spiritually according to their beliefs.

  10. 12 Ann_T
    March 11, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    My thoughts & prayers to people in Japan. I have a friend in Hawaii. She’s fine. Nervous about living there now, but fine. I keep hearing that the tsunami that hit Japan was 33 feet (10 meters). (but I have heard 13, 23, and 33 feet) The only number that has not changed lately is the magnitude. (8.9) In the beginning though that changed a couple times too.

  11. 13 sherijr
    March 11, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    This is so terribly tragic, all my most positive thoughts and deepest condolences go out to the people of Japan.

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