Excerpts from the main news item of March 11:
This morning at about 6:46AM (CET)
Japan was struck by a massive, four minute-lasting earthquake of 8.9 on the Richter scale, with the epicenter at the shores of the city of . This earthquake was followed by a tsunami moving walls of water up to ten meters high. Sendai
Enormous quantities of buildings and infrastructure collapsed and hundreds of people are dead. Fear is many more people are killed. A nuclear powerplant in the town of
was ablaze, but the fire is already extinguished. Ships and even a passenger train have been missing without a trace as a result of the earthquake and tsunami. Onagawa
First my condolences and deepest symphaty to the people of
and especially to those: Japan
- Who are wounded or hurt themselves
- Who lost loved ones, family and friends.
- Who suffered great and small material losses or became without a job now.
I am truly shocked by this devastating news that brings back memories of the year 2004 with the terrible tsunami hitting Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and many other countries.
I truly hope that help is underway for you all and that you either might find your lost loved ones alive and in good health or might receive certainty about their fate very soon.
I hope that
has the strenght and the belief to conquer this enormous disaster, as words fail to express my feelings. May you be blessed in the coming difficult weeks and months. Japan