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Former firefighter Shuichi Ishikawa, 61, looks for his missing son, Masahide, also a firefighter, in a toppled firetruck he found in the coastal city of Rikuzentakata.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAI KUROKAWA / European Pressphoto Agency

A young person rests in a school gymnasium being used as a shelter for those displaced by the tsunami.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Dunham / Associated Press

A damaged car is part of the debris after the earthquake and tsunami devastated the area.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chris McGrath / Getty Images

People wait in line at a water distribution point in Ofunato.


A U.S. Navy aerial photo shows damage to the town of Wakuya. Ships and aircraft from the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group are conducting search-and-rescue operations and resupply missions throughout northern Japan.


An evacuee searches for information about missing family members and friends on a notice board in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture, where more than 10,000 out of a population of 16,000 are still unaccounted for.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hiroaki Ohno / Yomiuri Shimbun

A member of the Fairfax County search-and-rescue team from Virginia works at the destroyed fish market in Ofunato.


Members of Japan's Self-Defense Forces cover bodies in the tsunami-ravaged town.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tsuyoshi Matsumoto / Yomiuri Shimbun

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ray Decker, 320th Special Tactics Squadron, prepares to board an MC-130P Combat Shadow at Yokota Air Base. The squadron has been deployed to the airport in Sendai to help clear the runway and make it ready for fixed-wing air traffic.


Headlights illuminate a disaster area. The official toll of the dead and missing following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that flattened Japan's northeast coast has topped 11,000, with more than 4,300 confirmed dead.


Teams of government specialists at emergency rescue headquarters analyze data on the leaked radiation from the nuclear complex damaged by last week's earthquake.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Santana / Associated Press

Japanese Self-Defense Force soldiers look for victims amid the debris. Japan's Emperor Akihito delivered a rare address to a jittery nation in dread of a nuclear catastrophe.


Local residents gather their belongings from a tsunami-damaged house.


Reiko Miura, 68, cries as she looks for her sister's son.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Itsuo Inouye / Associated Press

Members of the Japan Self Defense Force walk through snow-covered ruins.


Crews in the coastal town of Minami-Sanriku search for victims Monday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

The Japanese town of Ishinomaki is flooded and the city's downtown area remains deserted.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Japanese soldiers search through the rubble looking for tsunami victims. The village of Minamisanriku had about 16,000 inhabitants before the quake and tsunami. More than half are still missing.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

One of several rescue and recovery teams moves through what is left of the village of Minamisanriku, where the tsunami cleared the land.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

About 16,000 people lived in Minamisanriku before the tsunami hit. More than half of them are still missing.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Two bodies lie covered in the rubble of a classroom in the destroyed village.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

An elderly Japanese woman covers her face in reaction to learning her house was swept away by the tsunami.


Japanese medical personnel check a child for radiation exposure.


Hundreds of people line up to wait for food at a large supermarket. Some had been waiting four hours for the store to open.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Tsunami survivors cook and eat in front of their damaged home.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

At an evacuation center, women wail after hearing about the death of family members.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Los Angeles County Fire Department rescue team members search through destroyed houses for survivors.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Shizuo Kambayashi / Associated Press

Members of the Chinese International Search and Rescue Team search for victims inside a ruined house.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lui Siu Wai / Associated Press

Rescue workers search for missing people.


A boat sits in a street after being washed onshore by the tsunami.


A rescuer searches for survivors in the devastated city.


Residents eat emergency rations in a candle-lit shelter.


Villagers make their way along twisted train tracks.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: European Pressphoto Agency

Disaster response workers. A fresh explosion rocked a stricken nuclear power plant Tuesday and some workers were ordered to leave the site.


People recover a body.


A girl joins hundreds of people lining up for food at a large supermarket. Some had been waiting four hours for the store to open. Food and water are scarce in Sendai, Japan, and electricity remains off as the temperature falls. Snow and rain are forecast.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Hundreds of people wait in a line at the Ito-Yokado supermarket Tuesday morning. Some had waited five hours for the store's first opening in two days. Many of those in line said they were hungry and out of food and water.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Hundreds of people line the street, waiting for a supermarket to open. Food and water are scarce in Sendai and the electricity remains off.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

A woman helps her mother get a few belongings in Sendai as search-and-rescue teams continue to look for bodies in the rubble.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

A technician in protective gear looks out of an automatic door with signs reading "No entry except for those with permission" at a makeshift facility to screen, cleanse and isolate people with high radiation levels in Nihonmatsu.


Because roads are cut off or buried, evacuees are traveling by foot. These people walk on a railway track of Japan Railway's Ofunato Line.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Tsunami survivors leave a devastated area after checking their homes.


A resident walks through the destroyed town of Kamaishi.


Rescue workers search for victims in Tanohata, Japan.


A Japanese man waits anxiously as Natori firefighters work to pry open his car in a search for the man's missing family members. The firefighters found no one inside.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

A man rides his bicycle past a ship at Hachinohe, three days after the powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit Japan's eastern coast.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Shizuo Kambayashi / Associated Press

A 63-year-old Japanese woman brushes debris off a portrait of her father that was found in the ruins of her Natori home.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Japanese rescue team members transport a body in the town of Watari.


A Japanese woman uses a stick to sweep the front walk of her home along the Natorigawa River.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

A Japanese woman looks over notes left for survivors at Natori's city hall, where assistance for disaster victims has been set up. Hundreds of thousands of Japanese have been displaced as a result of last week's 8.9 quake.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

A couple walk down a muddy street with belongings scavenged from what was left of their home in Natori.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

An emergency worker throws disinfectant powder in an area affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Miyako.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Aly Song / Reuters

Relatives react with emotion as they reunite at a shelter in Kesennuma.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

A police officer searches for victims in Rikuzentakada. Tens of thousands of people were feared dead after last week's earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan. Prime Minister Naoto Kan said 15,000 people had been rescued so far.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Franck Robichon / European Pressphoto Agency

The Natori area of the town was completely destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami that followed. Fires burn in the neighborhood as civil servants are finally able to enter the area to look for the dead.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

The Natori area of the town was destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

A man wanders through the debris in the Natori area of Sendai.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Government workers uncover the bodies of two people who died in the town.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Evacuees from the Sendai area stay at a school where there is little food available.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

A family looks over what is left of their destroyed home in the Natori neighborhood hit hard by the tsunami.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Vehicles and debris litter the Natori neighborhood hit hard by the tsunami.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Japanese soldiers patrol through a devastated Natori neighborhood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

A woman cries on the steps of an evacuation shelter at a junior high school in the Natori neighborhood after losing her family in the aftermath of the Japan earthquake.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

A tattered photograph lies in the mud in the Natori neighborhood in the aftermath of the Japan earthquake.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Two men warm themselves by a fire at an evacuation center in the Natori neighborhood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Women look for names of survivors listed on boards at a victims assistance center in the Natori neighborhood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

A broken bicycle is part of the debris in the destroyed Natori neighborhood near Sendai.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Residents walk along a flooded street lined with destroyed vehicles and debris in Ishimaki city in northern Japan.


A ferry carried inland by the tsunami and dropped on a building is part of the destruction in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture.


People are given first aid at a Japanese Red Cross hospital after being evacuated from the area hit by the tsunami in Ishinomaki.


A baby is fed at the Japanese Red Cross hospital in Ishinomaki.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Toshiharu Kato / Japanese Red Cross Society/AP

An injured child sleeps at the Japanese Red Cross hospital in Ishinomaki after surviving the devastating earthquake and tsunami.


Futaba Kosei Hospital patients who may have been exposed to radiation are carried into the compound of Fukushima Gender Equality Centre in Nihonmatsu.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Daisuke Tomita / The Yomiuri Shimbun/AP

A member of a decontamination team scans a man for radiation at an emergency center in Koriyama in northeastern Japan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gregory Bull / Associated Press

A boy has his radiation level checked at the Fukushima Gender Equality Centre in Nihonmatsu after being evacuated from a town near the troubled Fukushima nuclear power plant.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Daisuke Tomita / The Yomiuri Shimbun/AP

A picture frame with portraits of the former Emperor and Empress Hirohito of Japan lies in the rubble at Sendai airport.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALEX HOFFORD / European Pressphoto Agency

A combination image shows a RapidEye satellite pre-disaster image dated Sept. 5, 2010, left, and a post-disaster image dated March 12 of the Iwanuma and Watari region on northeastern Japan. The image was provided by the Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information and German Remote Sensing DataCenter of the German Aerospace Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: German Aerospace Center, German Remote Sensing Data Center

A combination image shows a RapidEye satellite pre-disaster image dated Sept. 5, 2010, left, and a post-disaster image dated March 12 of the city of Soma and its surrounding region in northeastern Japan, which was hit by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami March 11. The image was provided by the Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information and German Remote Sensing Data Center of the German Aerospace Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: German Aerospace Center, German Remote Sensing Datacenter

Devastation wrought by the 9.0 earthquake and ensuing tsunami is seen in Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan.


Survivors walk amid the destruction in Japan's Miyagi prefecture.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press / Kyodo News

A fishing boat, turned on its side by the tsunami.


Rescuers pull a woman from the debris.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Asahi Shimbun / Associated Press

A ship sits amid the tsunami-generated floodwaters and burning houses.


Soldiers make their way atop a wall to get around vehicles as they search for survivors.


Volunteer firefighters search for victims of the tsunami.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Shizuo Kambayashi / Associated Press

Mari Kano and her family flee amid fears about a damaged nuclear reactor.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

A soldier rescues a man who was trapped by the tsunami.


Soldiers remove a body.


People try to salvage belongings from the rubble.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Toru Hanai / Reuters

A soldier carries a woman on his back as people are evacuated to a shelter.


Residents walk past debris, including an overturned fishing boat.


A ship that had been under construction now sits on land next to damaged homes.


Police wearing respirators guide people away from the Daiichi nuclear plant following an evacuation order.


An official in protective gear scans for signs of radiation on a man who is from the evacuation area near the Daini nuclear plant.


Fires smolder in the badly damaged town.


A car swept by waves rests precariously.


Smoke rises from fishing boats.


Rescue workers look for missing people in houses destroyed by waves generated by the tsunami.


A woman cries after encountering a friend at an evacuation center hours after the massive earthquake struck the region.


Vehicles sit in a huge pile after being washed away by an earthquake-triggered tsunami.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Atsushi Taketazu / Associated Press

Members of Japan's Self-Defense Forces help people get through flooded areas by boat.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Yomiuri Shimbun / Associated Press

Fishing boats rest atop piles of debris.


People walk past upended vehicles resting against a wall.


The aftermath of the quake and tsunami.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press / Kyodo News

Travelers wait in front of a Japan Airlines check-in counter at Haneda Airport on Saturday, one day after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Haruyoshi Yamaguchi / Bloomberg

People build a raft on the roof of a building.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kyodo News / X01481

Smoke billows into the sky in Miyagi prefecture.


People line up for drinking water at a park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kyodo News / X01481

People watch their city's port area burn.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Keiichi Nakane / Yomiuri Shimbun

A soldier helps a stranded man.


A girl is rescued from a damaged building Saturday.


A man looks over debris and mud-filled rice paddies.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press / Kyodo News

A house moved by the tsunami is wedged under a bridge Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press / Kyodo News

A woman carrying a child on her back walks through debris and mud left by the earthquake and tsunami in Iwate prefecture Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press / Kyodo News

People await rescue in Miyagi prefecture Friday in northeastern Japan.


Residents looks over destroyed buildings half-submerged in water Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press / Kyodo News

A whirlpool develops in tsunami-whipped waters Friday.


A massive tsunami wave sweeps in to engulf a residential area Friday in Miyagi prefecture in northeastern Japan.


People line up in front of public telephone booths Friday at Shibuya station.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Yomiuri / Reuters

Streets are flooded by tsunami waters.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Yomiuri / Reuters

Smoke billows from burning houses Friday after the earthquake and tsunami.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Taichi Kaizuka / Mainichi Simbun

Workers inspect a caved-in section of highway Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Burning houses are surrounded by water Friday.


Houses are swept by a tsunami-generated wave Friday.


Light planes and vehicles sit among the debris after they were swept by a tsunami that struck Sendai airport Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

People survey the damage from the earthquake and tsunami at the Kessennuma port.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Yomiuri / Reuters

Sendai Airport is surrounded by floodwaters Friday.


Fires break out after the earthquake and tsunami.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Yomiuri Shimbun / AFP / Getty Images

An oil refinery on fire Friday after the earthquake.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: European Pressphoto Agency

A giant fireball rises from a burning oil refinery Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: European Pressphoto Agency

The terminal is surrounded by water and a runway is partially submerged at Sendai Airport on Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kyodo / Reuters

Earthquake-triggered tsunami waves devastate the coast in northern Japan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kyodo News / Associated Press

A shelter was set up Friday for people affected by the earthquake.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Itsuo Inouye / Associated Press

Central Tokyo is jammed with cars and people squeezing through them trying to get home.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Toru Hanai / Reuters

People wait for transport services to resume at the Tokyo station Friday.


Vehicles waiting to be loaded onto ships were tossed about by tsunami waves Friday.


Vehicles were crushed by a wall and earth that collapsed in the earthquake Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jiji Press / AFP / Getty Images

The owner of a ceramics shop checks his damaged wares Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Yoshikazu Tsuno / AFP / Getty Images

People wait for rescue on a rooftop Friday.


A man sits wrapped in a blanket after he was evacuated from a building in the financial district Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, center, reacts to a tremor during a session of parliament Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Toru Hanai / Reuters

Customers in a bookstore take cover as the earthquake hits Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kyodo News / Associated Press

People are showered with falling debris as a ceiling collapses in a bookstore during the earthquake Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kyodo News / Reuters

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  1. March 11, 2011, 2:44 am

    Nature may be venting it’s worst. but the military is mobilizing for relief efforts. We will be there ASAP JAPAN!

    By: sal
  2. March 11, 2011, 3:43 am

    May my Buddha bless to Japan!

    By: thu
  3. March 11, 2011, 3:54 am

    Shocking to see the images of tsunami

    By: selvanfun
  4. March 11, 2011, 5:54 am

    This is such a tragedy… God doesn't exist…

  5. March 11, 2011, 9:49 am

    He does exits

    By: Jesus Loves
  6. March 11, 2011, 12:42 pm

    I agree- God loves "" lol to that by the way

  7. March 11, 2011, 2:23 pm

    God does exist. We need to stop blaming him for every tragedy that happens. Instead of looking for someone to blame, Pray for the families and find a way to help.

    By: auciellola
  8. March 11, 2011, 3:54 pm

    He does exist….Please don't blame God. Pray for the families who lost loved ones. Japan we're praying for you!

    By: Servant of the Lord
  9. March 11, 2011, 2:23 pm

    He does mate – and He give us hope.

    Watch the "Stop and Think" movie at

    And then read more:

    By: Aussie
  10. March 11, 2011, 10:08 pm

    Thank you for sharing those links, I really enjoyed it.

    By: Godislove
  11. March 11, 2011, 3:20 pm

    God didn't cause this trajegy. Our enemy, Satan, continually looks for ways to rob, steal and destroy. The Living God has only love for us.

    By: Lisa
  12. March 11, 2011, 4:09 pm

    Oh Yeah God exists and if you read the bible this the just the beginning of the earths birth pains.
    Give your life to Christ and get ready for His return

  13. March 12, 2011, 8:33 am

    If you won a million bucks at the casino, then God would exist, wouldn't He ? You just are angry due to not understanding the workings of karma. We are not in heaven. We are in the material world and these things are expected. Let's go back home, Back To Godhead. 🙂

    By: Dave
  14. March 16, 2011, 9:15 am

    This and many other things are predicted in the bible! this is evidence of how mighty God is!!

    By: rogera
  15. March 11, 2011, 6:05 am

    Catastrophic indeed…my prayers go out to all that suffered through this event. Very hard to sleep.

    By: lowell
  16. March 11, 2011, 6:49 am

    These events happening all over the world are no suprise, they were predicted long ago by a man named Nostradamos. If you read his quatrains you also will understand what all this is leading to. The truth is out there you just have to look.

  17. March 11, 2011, 9:45 am

    Nostradamus was a crackpot. He didn't predict a damn thing. Ever. This is just a tragic natural disaster. Don't try to cheapen it by saying that some French guy predicted this.

    By: K G
  18. March 11, 2011, 7:43 am

    I would like to sey sorry to victims of tsunam and all people in japana. My question is that:

    1. What the main couses of tsunam?

    2. Japana is faced with this disaster frequently and is developed nation in technology why pre worning and information was not provaided to make people aware with this disaster?

    By: Ibrahim juma yeo.
  19. March 11, 2011, 12:47 pm

    A tsunami ("tidal" wave is a misnomer) is generated when a powerful earthquake occurs under the ocean. Unlike regular ocean waves, which are usually created by storm (wind) activity, the tsunami is a seismic wave (think of a radio wave) that travels far underwater at a speed proportional to the energy released by the earthquake — as fast as 600 mph. A tsunami cannot be felt at the ocean's surface; as it approaches land, however, the ocean gradually becomes shallower and the bottom of the seismic wave slows (relative to the top) as it "scrapes" the ocean floor first. The disparity in speed causes a visible wave to form as the seismic wave approaches shore. Powered by the tremendous energy of the seismic wave, the ocean is pushed far inland at a speed much greater than any wind-generated wave. This is the "tsunami."

    By: 727887rei
  20. March 11, 2011, 1:11 pm

    In essence, a tsunami is a tidal wave–massive or enormous wave of ocean water. Tidal waves, in general, are caused by earthquakes deep in the ocean–the ocean floor–and are very dangerous, especially if the earthquakes that cause them are high on the Richter scale.

    Not exactly, Japan experiences frequent tremors and only that. This recent tsunami cannot be considered a tremor. Tremors are simply earthquakes and can stand out by themselves without mentioning tsunamis or adding them to the term–tremor. Based on the news broadcastings, efforts were made to get the word out that trouble was coming, but the tremendous force of the tsunami was too quick for Japan's inhabitants to react–those that experienced the tsunami's fury at first hand. It has been calculated that the wave traveled to the speed of at least 500 miles per hour–approximately 800 km per hour.

  21. March 16, 2011, 11:36 pm

    well they are a very advanced country but there is not any country in the world who can predict earthquakes and as far as the tsunami that close off the coast of japan tsunami's travel at an average speed of around 500 miles per hour so they had minates at best . I send my prayers to the japaneese people you all are very strong minded through these time im from louisiana i lived through hurricane katrina and andrew these have nothing of what yall are having to go through god bless.

    By: brian d
  22. March 11, 2011, 7:51 am

    Japan, your country and people are beautiful. I visited you many years ago, and you made me feel welcome. I am on the other side of the globe, but I care about what is happening to you now. Please know that I want to help-but for now, I can only send my thoughts, prayers and best wishes. I will be there to assist, eventually.

    By: Gale Pearson
  23. March 11, 2011, 7:58 am

    God is coming

    By: wendy
  24. March 11, 2011, 8:05 am

    We want to help.

    By: Ramesh Dahal
  25. March 11, 2011, 8:14 am

    That is far from being nature's worst

  26. March 11, 2011, 8:28 am

    Devastating disaster 😦

    By: Gill
  27. March 11, 2011, 8:56 am

    We need to repent and turn from ourselves. The Truth is out there and we need to search for it in order to understand, but it is not Nostradamos. Read what Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24 and then what was revealed to John in Revelation 6. These pains the Earth is experiencing is God showing mercy before things get worse. It will get much worse before God cracks the sky and returns to bring a complete restoration.

    By: Steve
  28. March 11, 2011, 1:24 pm

    I totally agree. We have the Bible that talks about the Second coming of Christ and the destruction of the wicked. All we can do now is prepare prepare prepare, and help those in need. Spiritual preparation is almost as important as physical preparation. Prepare in the meantime by getting a 30 day food supply, and that will bring peace of conscience. May God bless the people in Japan, and may we prepare ourselves for more to come. Faith in Jesus Christ can bring peace in times of tragedy.

    By: DesiJolley
  29. March 11, 2011, 7:56 pm

    No… the earth has been doing this long before we arrived, and will be doing it long after we're gone.
    Bedtime stories have nothing to do with it.

    By: Mark
  30. March 14, 2011, 12:55 am


    Did anyone stop to think that the vast majority of Japanese AREN'T Christian? Stop using this as an oppotunity to spread your faith onto other people and think about what the distaster has done to the country. Honestly.

    It's times like this I would be ashamed to be Christian. I've seen Christian groups rally together to gather donations towards distasters in foreign countries and spend it all on pamphlets and bibles to ship over… it's a really bad look guys, and it needs to stop.

    Cudos, Mark, good to see someone making sense here.

    By: TrojanCentaur
  31. March 11, 2011, 9:15 am

    That water carrying all the debris is amazing looking. I saw it effortlessly pick up cars and toss them.

  32. March 11, 2011, 9:32 am

    …Your breath….even your heart beats….is the Will of the GOD……God is not responsible for this…human kind is responsible…all that happened is the result of our sins.

  33. March 11, 2011, 9:37 am

    May Jesus Christ Help Us. Please Believe in Jesus Christ and turn away from evil Ways because Jesus Christ is comming soon. Please believe he died for us and will come one day to collect us to place us in heaven. Pray for the whole world.

  34. March 11, 2011, 9:57 am

    India is with you Japan

    By: Saleem
  35. March 11, 2011, 10:03 am

    Bless them jesus bless japan

    By: rayan bennett
  36. March 11, 2011, 10:08 am

    calamities,war,famine are signs of the time to let know to all humankind that there is God .

    By: Amy Gentallan
  37. March 12, 2011, 6:03 pm

    and he hates us.

    By: Rationist
  38. March 11, 2011, 10:13 am

    huge tragedy. world needs to put more efforts on early warning systems so that precious lives are saved instead of making weapons to kill one another. natural disasters cannot be averted at large extent but we do need to attend global warming. but now the moment is to pray for the victims and help them from all quarters.
    perhaps this is a gods test for humanity.

    kiran naik- pune

  39. March 11, 2011, 10:15 am

    Ignorant is the man who has not read scripture and made himself aware. God is a loving God, to those blasphemers, save your souls and read Revelations and Daniel, turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel. We have been warned, don’t be ignorant. Pray, pray, pray.

    By: Christian
  40. March 11, 2011, 11:29 am

    The topic of this thread is tragedy in Japan. Great show of concern for others.

    By: Aaron P
  41. March 11, 2011, 11:39 am

    You're ignorant if you think god destroyed for the sake of some kind of moral good.

  42. March 11, 2011, 10:54 am

    […] Photos: Scenes from the earthquake […]

  43. March 11, 2011, 11:04 am

    It’s God way to show his existence.We Indians are with you Japan.

    By: Saleem
  44. March 11, 2011, 11:21 am

    My heart goes out to all families and friends of the lost lives in Japan… Nigeria is praying for you. This is sad but no one can question God… He understands better. May God replenish their land.

  45. March 11, 2011, 12:08 pm

    We might not save the World from destructive forces of nature. But we can stand for each-other. World is praying for you.

    By: Anujit Roy
  46. March 11, 2011, 12:11 pm

    And who is greater than Nostradamus? Our Lord Jesus Christ … it was prophesied in Matthew 24 .. it’s no coincidence that this has happened at the same time as the civil riots in the Middle East. We need not fear about the natural disasters …. we need to be aware of the time we are living in! Time to get closer to the Lord – we need to repent. Prayers go out to Japan victims …

    By: Kisa
  47. March 11, 2011, 12:27 pm

    Its the end of the world, may allah bless us all, america and the middle east are here

    By: saif
  48. March 11, 2011, 12:59 pm

    From many years our elders shouting that dont cut trees, plant trees, dont waste water, keep environment clean. No one listening. Now in every part of the world disasters are araising. All of us have to suffer it. Today Japanese, Tomorrow we.

    By: Asad
  49. March 11, 2011, 1:04 pm

    Its shocking how the earth is changing. I feel so bad for the japanese. I couldnt believe my eyes when I saw how boats, cars and houses are washed away in the ocean. Shocking, but we must be so gratefull that something that big hasn’t struck us. Praying for Japan.

  50. March 11, 2011, 2:16 pm

    Such a tragedy. I agree, there is no god. There never were any god. At least for this small, but extremely strong country. For example, the nuclear bomb wiped out so many innocient people. Just like that. But the Japanese are smart, strong, and they never give up. That’s why they are the number one country in my opinion.

    By: London
  51. March 11, 2011, 2:31 pm

    Shocking … God bless Japan .

    By: malia
  52. March 11, 2011, 2:34 pm

    GOD bless you and keep you. We are praying for you people of Japan.

    By: KELLYC
  53. March 11, 2011, 2:38 pm

  54. March 11, 2011, 2:39 pm

  55. March 11, 2011, 2:40 pm

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  56. March 11, 2011, 2:57 pm

    […] The Los Angeles Times has a gallery of the horrfic devastation caused by this morning’s earthquake and resulting tsunami which can be viewed here. […]

  57. March 11, 2011, 3:07 pm

    Time and unforseen occurances befall us all, Ecclesiastes. God is not to blame.

    By: mari
  58. March 12, 2011, 6:23 pm

    What a stupid comment, population control? Really?

  59. March 11, 2011, 3:08 pm

    This is a part of God's equation.Natural as we know.Just pray for the lives that were taken and for the people who were left behind.God Bless us all.

  60. March 11, 2011, 3:17 pm

    This is a very good example why we should believe to God more~

    God Send Jonah to the people of Nineveh for them to repent and Believe God for God is about to strike down the city and for them to be saved-

    Not from the works of man:

    Japan is within the pacific ring of fire that contains 400+ most active volcanoes and its active fault lines is long overdue similar to the country below and above it- since 1886 I think- Im not that sure~

    try using search engines like google and yahoo to learn more-

    By: Eschar
  61. March 11, 2011, 3:21 pm

  62. March 11, 2011, 3:57 pm

    Damn, this one great catastrophe that has ever occurred in Japan for the last 100 years, shoot looks like a phenomenon has struck that country.

    By: Michael
  63. March 11, 2011, 4:09 pm

    There will be a percentage of lives lost and injured, homeless, unemployed, etc., but the damage, is free demolition, which creates jobs in manufacturing, construction, infrastructure, real estate, etc., which will spur an economic growth. It's all about cash flow.

    By: borderraven
  64. March 11, 2011, 4:34 pm

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  67. March 11, 2011, 5:04 pm

    God exists and He doesnt steal kill and destroy. Bad things happen but He will help deliver us if we ask Him.

    By: dave
  68. March 11, 2011, 7:22 pm

    For the sake of peaceful communication, the very word gospel means good news. The old suggestion that God, the Creator, says’love Me or I’ll kill you, torture you’, is not good news.! If God is like that, I hope He never returns. And if heaven is real with a god like that, who would want to live with such a vengeful tyrant!? Rather, the true good news is that God is as the Christ presented Him, valuing nothing higher than our individual freedom to choose. He doesn’t want to live with us forever if we are there out of fear, and if not for the fear of execution, we would rebel against love. He has designed the universe to thrive in a context of freely given trust and genuine selfless love, that esteems the needs of others above our own cares. Such level of trust and accountability can only exist in true friendship, not slavery. He would rather sadly let us go, than create a situation where we all obey from fear and force. Can we imagine the personal accountability of choosing to do what is loving and harmonious because we love it, because we agree with God that order and harmony are life giving. We don’t even hate anyone in our heart. It’s not a matter of laws and merely being forgiven. Would you want to live forever with a forgiven person who still wanted to kill and dominate at will? That’s not heaven.

    The earth weeps, even trembles. Disharmony does result in being let go finally, because it changes us, as we continue to choose what is not love. There is no short cliche ‘religious’ hip pocket answer for the major disruptions we are ecperiencing. But maybe in this global state of emergency we can discover the freedom to ask all the big questions and politely ask why, and study and talk together, and not judge. Dear Japan is part of my life too. I cry for her too. Time to put away petty differences, and come together as the humsn race and seek healing for the damage done, which begins in the ‘heart’ where a person does his or her best thinking Dr. Graham Maxwell amd many others

    By: lise
  69. March 11, 2011, 8:32 pm

    Do not blame anyone for todays tragedy. it is our fault.. although there is a limited things we could do, But we can stand for each-other. Praying for japan.

    By: Ling
  70. March 11, 2011, 8:56 pm

    Our thoughts should be with Japan, not with petty religious squabbles.
    Japan will overcome, it is a land of incredibly resourceful people.

    By: Jon
  71. March 11, 2011, 9:00 pm

    May Allah Help those devastated People of Japan.

    By: Shamim Ashraf
  72. March 11, 2011, 9:32 pm

    This earthquake is a direct result of the fact that the flying spaghetti monster who created the universe is displeased. This is a punishment brought on by the war on terror! The flying spaghetti monster is not very fond of most humans, he is however very fond of pirates, and what are terrorists but over achieving pirates ? Every time will kill or foil a terrorist or pirate, the likelyhood of such events exponentially inctesses. I have lots of faith and long written volumes of quasi scientific conjecture to back up these claims !!

    By: Robby
  73. March 11, 2011, 10:30 pm

    My heart goes out to all the people involved in this awful thing in Japan,

    however, to the people involved in the killing of whales who may have been hurt or killed I personnally do not feel anything for those people, to the whale ships damaged & to the people operating them you got what you deserved you whale


  74. March 11, 2011, 10:46 pm

    just contribute for controling global warming and to save our lives.

    By: nikhil
  75. March 11, 2011, 11:27 pm

    I pray to all victim of japan earthquake.Only the true God can protect you.

    Be blessed.

    By: Gilly
  76. March 11, 2011, 11:51 pm

    My heart feels so much sorrow. My love and prayers to all of you in Japan.

    By: nahoku
  77. March 12, 2011, 12:30 am

    may Allah bless them…

    By: fozia
  78. March 12, 2011, 12:40 am

    iam from pakistan iam muslim i pay for all those who died in this earth quake we will help you ………

    By: rahat
  79. March 12, 2011, 12:57 am

    God is in us all…its about taking responsibility for your actions rather than letting a fictitious character take the blame.

    Religion is a way to control those that want to be controlled, to be told what to do, to be made to feel secure and thats its all going to be ok.

    How can religion be a good thing when the fighting it has caused and is causing incurs untold deaths.

    The earth is a living moving thing, mountains are moving all the time, just not on our arrogant time scale.

    Time we woke up…love is the answer, for with it comes tolerance, something no religion seems to be able to practice.

    By: Scorp
  80. March 12, 2011, 1:10 am

    Japan doesn’t need your prayers, they need real assistance.

    Donate to help:

    BTW: drop all of the Judea/Christian/Muslim god crap. Most of Japan is Shinto & Buddhist, and they don’t pray to your “god”.

    Community is what provides help, not thoughts.

    By: me
  81. March 12, 2011, 3:04 am

    my sympathy with the people of japan. Allah help you that my prayer for you. feel cry for the families. Japanese are the great nation hope soon will be on their foot.

    By: tariq khan
  82. March 12, 2011, 5:26 am

    May God bless the souls lost in the mighty tsunami of magnitude 8.9 and the rest have peace of mind.

    By: Paul G
  83. March 12, 2011, 6:07 am

    Always a tragedy to see people suffer in natural disasters, we know so much yet we are rendered helpless toward nature's activity. Be strong Japan, the world is praying for your recovery.

    By: abigailbm12@yahoo
  84. March 12, 2011, 7:05 am

    Japan is a strong mother with strong offspring. You can do it… stand up after this massive fall.. the whole world will aid your fast recovery.

    By: euge
  85. March 12, 2011, 8:02 am

    It doesn’t matter why, what, or how…japan needs help and fast. My heart and prayers go out to them.

    By: jerry
  86. March 12, 2011, 8:18 am


  87. March 12, 2011, 8:53 am

    Agree we need more early warning.
    Global warming is an excuse by the powers that be for there being "too many people".
    We need to manage our resources better.
    What's next … space pods ?

    By: Trevor
  88. March 12, 2011, 11:24 am

    Yes God does exist,and he does not cause evil, that is Satans doing,however,that being said What God is NOT is a fat buddha statue or shintoism ,to pray to them could lead to calamity such as this……If you don't believe it ,read the old testament of the bible and see what happened to those who worshipped false Gods and refused to repent despite being warned.

    By: deanc
  89. March 13, 2011, 7:39 am

    Natural disasters occur, regardless of what God is worshipped there. Quit selling your god to us while we are trying to save as many lives as we can.

    By: godisastory
  90. March 12, 2011, 11:30 am

    Maybe a giant Buddha statue could help ,or a shintoism seminar.

    By: deanc
  91. March 12, 2011, 12:21 pm

    Prayer goes out to japan and all people we are true indeed living in the times god is most def coming back for all and we all need to repent read and understand the book of revelations .

    By: Trey freeman
  92. March 12, 2011, 12:31 pm

    may buddha bless yhem all.

    By: wangyal
  93. March 12, 2011, 4:22 pm

    has anyone else noticed(in the pictures of) the uneven split that goes down the middle of the road,where one part of the road is up high and the other down lower,—that the split follows right down the center line,even though the center line curves with the road——how/why is this possible?

  94. March 12, 2011, 5:35 pm

    interesting how evangelicals use natural disasters as a pulpit for their drivel

    By: darwin@gmail.comail
  95. March 12, 2011, 6:38 pm

    I have visited Japan in 2010 (a year after this disaster). I have completly fell in love with this country, even before I flew there/ It is a historical soup of many flavors, with such incredible natural beauty that delighted my senses. I gave out a prayer to save Japan and its people from any upcoming danger. I also gave my condolecenes to the many innocent victims who died and prayed for no more. You will be saved, I promise. I love you Japan, I just know that you have a bright future awaiting you once again. God bless you beautiful island nation.

  96. March 12, 2011, 11:41 pm

    May this pull together people from all over the world & the reactors are set in a controled state fast!

    By: See ALL
  97. March 13, 2011, 3:04 am

    Oh my goodness – that is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. Up there with 'God only gives you what you can handle'. Doesn't help anyone and just makes the speaker sound ignorant.

    By: Cassie
  98. March 13, 2011, 4:10 am

    Why do religious nut-jobs always have to preach like they know all the answers? It is natural disaster, caused by movements in the Earths crust, not by the great bearded one in the sky, and this tragedy should not be used as an opportunity to patronise and preach.

    By: Martin
  99. March 13, 2011, 10:41 am

    we r praying 4 u,never hate god,he is still alive & he still luvs u Japan

    By: anjitha
  100. March 13, 2011, 12:18 pm

    HELP US…………..PLEASE HELP US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  101. March 13, 2011, 3:56 pm

    Get off your knees, put down your book of myths and pick up your checkbook.

    By: Edward
  102. March 13, 2011, 8:06 pm

    Come on People!!! It’s incredible that at this Age you might still think it’s Gods’ cause or some crappy scammer called Nostradamus! This is just simple nature!

    Eventhough, still is a big tragedy!

    By: John The Revelator
  103. March 13, 2011, 8:40 pm

    my family and i u r in our hearts my god be with you and keep u safe

  104. March 13, 2011, 8:41 pm

    i think the world is coming to an end 1st China and now japan it like the movie 2011

  105. March 14, 2011, 12:22 am

    This is the most horrible thing that could happen to mankind !!!

    By: bbr
  106. March 14, 2011, 12:29 am

    GOD does exist and he is angry, not only at Japan, but the world. The reason why he is angry because people don't respect and worship him. And GOD spake all these words to MOSES saying, I am the Lord thy GOD. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve: for I the Lord thy GOD am a jealous GOD, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me. EXODUS 20: 1-6 KJV

    By: lordkid7777
  107. March 14, 2011, 7:46 am

    Really makes people like Gadhafi seem more out of touch with reality when nature shows what power she is in control of. My heart goes out to all those of Japan. What the hell do they do now?!!? So many are in limbo. Makes my problems seem so trivial now.

    By: Karl
  108. March 14, 2011, 4:26 pm

    It's true though…humanity was never meant to be this dependent on technology and excess things. We were meant to live naturally. This is tragic, yes, but the extent to everything that happened was worsened by things we ourselves have created.

    By: unavidabonita
  109. March 15, 2011, 12:02 am

    All of you religious preacher-folk… STOP PREACHING, PLEASE. Not everyone believes in your magical sky-daddy. Weep for Japan, send aid, volunteer somewhere to assist in relief-efforts. Prayers are empty words without action behind them. Good gravy, this stuff really brings out the wingnuts. *eyeroll*

    By: Auntie Bodhi
  110. March 15, 2011, 5:30 am

    This is reaction of nature when disturbed by humans. This is our own fault. Please do not polute nature. Be kind to it atleast now for the sake of our future genaration

    By: Sharmila
  111. March 15, 2011, 12:21 pm

    It’s a beginning. If we want to stop it, there is only a single way………Stop immediately our face development (profit base development) and save our natural resources. Then we can think about our future, otherwise destruction will come back soon….

    By: Vishavjeet Khanda
  112. March 16, 2011, 6:47 am

    God is real, even when things are tragic.

    Think about it, Heaven isn’t such a bad deal!

    By: bishop
  113. March 18, 2011, 8:52 am

    I can say only "plz. everybody pray for japan, and I know God with them.

  114. April 24, 2011, 8:10 am

    I wish you all recover fast. Do not stop believing or preaching God, have faith and my advise for you all to read “THE SECRETS”, this book would really help, believe me.

    By: Nivedita Chauhan
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