Monday, March 14, 2011

The Japan Disaster

There is a lot of news out there about Japan, & abcreads does not purport to be expert on the situation, but we do offer some links of interest.

Parents! In the wake of the news about Japan, are your kids asking you about natural disasters? You can find books @ your library to teach them about earthquakes & tsunamis, or consider checking out Good Answers to Tough Questions about Disasters by Joy Berry. Adults might also want to read about Disaster relief.

For more information on Japan, you could search the catalog, check out the library's database Global Road Warrior or visit the CIA-World Factbook.

Also consider:

Japan tsunami - before and after pictures
These GeoEye satellite photographs give an idea of the destruction in the wake of the tsunami along Japan's coastline.

Japan earthquake: Aid flows in from across the world
Even the mayor of Afghanistan's southern Kandahar City told Reuters on Sunday the city is donating $50,000 to the "sisters and brothers" of Japan following the earthquake and tsunami. "I know $50,000 is not a lot of money for a country like Japan but it is a show of appreciation from the Kandahar people," said Kandahar Mayor Ghulam Haidar Hamidi.

Media: World must learn lessons from Japan disaster

Relief options

Japan Disaster Relief: Where to Give
A list of organizations contributing to the relief effort. You can even text to donate!

Google Crisis Response

Person Finder: 2011 Japan Earthquake

To Help Animals in Japan:
There are several organizations that will take your donations to help the animals affected by the devastation in Japan. Go to the Conscious Cat website to find the following organizations: World Vets, American Humane Association's Red Star Animals Emergency Services, The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, The Animal Refuge Kansai, Japan Cat Network with Heart Tokushima and Animals Friends Niigata which has formed the Japan Animal Rescue and Support, and finally, the Animal Miracle Network Foundation.

Miscellaneous science

Quake Moves Japan Closer to U.S. and Alters Earth’s Spin

Japan Earthquake: Doomsday? Or Just a Restless Earth?
Japan, New Zealand, Chile, Haiti: Scientists Say No, There's Not a Trend; Read Why

Why earthquake-prone Japan relies on nuclear power

The National Library of Medicine has resources that may help with understanding the health issues related to the devastating Japan earthquake, tsunami and possible nuclear power plant disruptions. Resources from NLM, US federal agencies, and other key resources are listed on the new topic page “Disasters in Japan 2011”.

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