Rescue workers used trucks and chainsaws to dig out bodies in Japan’s crushed coastal towns, as Asia’s richest nation faces a nuclear and economic crisis in the aftermath of a massive earthquake and tsunami that likely killed thousands.
The International Atomic Energy Agency says Japan has declared a state of emergency at a second earthquake-ravaged nuclear plant after measuring higher-than-permitted levels of radiation. The IAEA says the source is being investigated, but all three reactors at the Onagawa plant are currently under control. Japan also said earlier attempts to cool the No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant had failed. At least 22 people around the Fukushima Dai-ichi have been contaminated by radiation.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano also said today that a hydrogen explosion could occur at Unit 3 of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex, the latest reactor to face a possible meltdown. “At the risk of raising further public concern, we cannot rule out the possibility of an explosion,” Edano said. “If there is an explosion, however, there would be no significant impact on human health.”
So if you’re thinking of helping? You can donate to the relief fund via Apple’s iTunes. 100% of the money donated through iTunes goes to Red Cross efforts in Japan. Meanwhile AT&T is offering free calls to Japan for the rest of the month.
If you want to use your phone here is how you can donate.
In the U.S.:
—Text “JAPAN” or “TSUNAMI” to 20222 to donate $10 (Save the Children Federation, Inc.)
—Text “4JAPAN” or “4TSUNAMI” to 20222 to donate $10 (World Vision, Inc.)
—Text “MERCY” to 25283 to donate $10 (Mercy Corps)
—Text “SUPPORT” to 85944 to donate $10 (ADRA Relief for Japan tsunami victims)
—Text “MED” to 80888 to donate $10 (Assist International Medical Corps)
—Text “JAPAN” to 80888 to donate $10 (Salvation Army)
—Text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to donate $10 (American Red Cross)
—Text “ASIA” or “ASIE“ to 30333 to donate $5 (The Canadian Red Cross Society)
—Text “QUAKE” to 45678 to donate $10 (The Salvation Army in Canada)
—Text “GIVE” to 45678 to donate $5 (UNICEF)
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