The Time is Now
Posted by castle , in Randoms 17 March 2011 · 55 views
As we all have been aware as of late, there have been three significant natural disasters as of late. Each have been significant and of unseen magnitude in their geographical location. We here at S12Silvia.com hope that all those effected have a favourable result as time passes. Unfortunately as life would have it, not all things are favourable and the journey to a favourable result is one of incredible hardship. With great sadness and sincere concern, we dedicate a portion of our time and efforts to help spread the word about the recent disasters and how to help. We wish everyone the best with hearts full of concern.
Australia: Queensland Floods
Rocklea before flooding
Rocklea after flooding
What started in late December of 2010, extreme flooding in Queensland began, which was very much centralized in Brisbane and quickly spread at a phenomenal rate. Flooding continued throughout Queensland well into January of 2011. As of the 28th of January 2011, the floods took 35 lives, 9.8 billion of dollars (USD) in damage, and over 200.000 people were affected.
S12Silvia.com’s Community thread about the Queensland Floods can be read here:Flooding in Queensland.
For more pictures of before and after of flooding throughout Australia, visit the following site: Brisbane Flooding.
To find out how you can help, please visit the following site: The Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal
New Zealand: Christchurch Earthquake
On February 22 2011 a 6.3 earthquake hit New Zealand. Its epicenter was Lyttelton, which is now considered 60% destroyed, and the damage didnt stop there. With many aftershocks up to 5.6, the country’s second largest urban area of Christchurch took extreme damage as well. Efforts are still being taken to recover from the earthquake but as of March 6th, 75 people were confirmed dead, hundreds were in the process of being rescued or waiting for rescue, and damage is estimated at 12 billion dollars (USD).
S12Silvia.com’s Community thread about the New Zealand Earthquake can be read here:NZ Earthquake
To find out how you can help, please visit the following sites: Australian Red Cross, The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal – New Zealand Government sponsored
Japan’s Earthquake and resulting Tsunami
March 11, 2011 a 9.0 earthquake struck off the coast of northeastern Japan (east of Sendai, Honshu) and caused a catastrophic tsunami with a magnitude that has not been seen before. Hundreds of aftershocks were registered with the largest at 7.4 and over five-hundred registering at 4.5 or more. With such violent force, both Japan and the world has been effected in a geophysical manner that few earthquakes have achieved causing possibly one of the largest recorded fault movements in history. It has been noted that Japan has moved east towards North America by 2.4m (7.9 feet). Not limited to just a significant change in the Pacific plate, but it is also said that the Earth’s axis has shifted 25 centimeters (9.8 in).
With efforts continuing today, it has been confirmed that there are 5.321 deaths, 2.383 injured, and 9.329 still missing. It is expected that the numbers are to significantly increase and casualties to be in the tens of thousands. Damages are noted at $100 billion after the earthquake, tsunami, and resulting fires and are increasing rapidly. With residential and commercial buildings wiped out, three of Japan’s nuclear reactors have suffered explosions causing an intensive evacuation of the surrounding areas for fear of a possible meltdown and has had a significant impact to the energy grid in Japan. Monday (14th) following the earthquake Japan’s Nikkei – 225 index fell 6.18% and continued to fall in the first few hours after opening on Tuesday (15th).
S12Silvia.com’s Community thread about the Japanese Earthquake can be read here:Japan Earthquake
To find out how you can help please visit the following sites: American Red Cross’ Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief.
Thanks to Yuta Akaishi of the Heartbreakers, a close friend with Henry (Project: Heartbreaker), he has set up his own relief effort in support of the great need in Japan:Heartbreaker for Japan Domestic orders, Heartbreaker for Japan International orders.