On March 11, the largest earthquake on record struck Japan and generated a thirty-foot tsunami that inundated the country’s northeast coast. The death toll is estimated at over ten thousand and thousands more are missing, and the country is grappling with power shortages, search and rescue efforts, and the need to provide shelter and other services for victims. The disaster also caused a set of catastrophic events at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Thousands of people have been evacuated in the area surrounding the plant; some are already suffering from radiation exposure. And officials have yet to bring the nuclear situation under control. The triple-fold crisis has ignited debate over the prospects for the Japanese economy and has significant implications for the future of nuclear power in Japan and around the world.
Donation boxes will be available at our registers through April 30. All donations will go to the American Red Cross to support disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami throughout the Pacific.