On Friday, March 11, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan. It was the most severe quake worldwide in more than a year and the worst ever recorded in Japan, with more than 400 aftershocks following in its wake and tsunami waves sweeping inland over both urban and rural areas. Upward of 10,000 fatalities have been recorded, while families and friends struggle to contact each other with limited access to communications technology. The full extent of the disaster's effects on both the population and the landscape remain unclear, but the images that flash across screens all over the world are poignant indicators that its ramifications are severe, widespread, and long-term.
International Medical Corps, a group of health professionals dedicated to global support and relief, is dispatching response teams and supplies to mitigate the hardship and suffering that still await the people of Japan and other affected areas around the Pacific. A source of humanitarian aid for more than a quarter-century, International Medical Corps has provided vital assistance to struggling communities all over the world, including implementing relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and in response to the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010. In cases of disaster, the organization can take measures such as establishing mobile clinics, coordinating hospital activity, and providing medical training to local residents. While estimates vary, the human toll of the disaster in Japan is expected to be extensive, and the services provided by organizations such as International Medical Corps are of critical importance.
Join G-Team and support International Medical Corps' emergency relief efforts in Japan and any other areas affected by the earthquake. Giving levels of $5, $10, and $25 are available. Every dollar facilitates the organization's work to aid the earthquake's victims and limit the extent of its devastation.
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