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Published:March 11th, 2011 10:45 EST
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Horrible Earthquake Hits Japan! Tsunami Reaches Hawaii!

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A harrowing 8.9 earthquake hit Japan tonight. The New York Times reports: `A tsunami hit the coast of northeast Japan on Friday in the aftermath of an 8.9 magnitude earthquake about 80 miles offshore. Television images showed waves of more than 12 feet roaring inland. CNN reported that air and land transportation was severely disrupted.`

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The quake struck at around at 2:46 p.m. Tokyo time just off Honshu, `Japan`s most populous island.` http://sfist.com/2011/03/10/89_earthquake_hits_japan.php

Hundreds are dead, thousands are homeless, and millions are without power -- a disaster of this magnitude puts things in perspective. Today I could care less what outfit Lindsay Lohan wore to court or what new silly phrase Charlie Sheen has coined.

I was born and raised in San Francisco, and I survived the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989. At the time I lived in Oakland, less than a mile from the horrific scene of the double decker freeway where many people lost their lives.

My heart goes out to the Japanese people, and as soon as the media lets us know where we can send donations, I`m sure that we will help the victims in a tangible way.

The tsunami waves have hit the islands of Hawaii, but no damage has been reported. It looks like Hawaii has dodged a bullet, but the people of Japan weren`t so fortunate. Americans are a generous people, let`s prove it once again by donating to the Red Cross.


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