Donations can also be made to the Australian Red Cross Japan and Pacific Disaster Appeal
which is where the GAF appeal donations will be going if I don't find a more direct channel in Japan that I think can benefit from our help.
Just incredible the way their society is so orderly and organized. I heard a guy on ABC radio yesterday commenting on it. He said the streets of Tokyo on Friday night were just gridlocked and there were tens of thousands of people walking home and every time they came to a crossing they would stop and wait for the light to turn green. Amazing. One of Busterbeam's friends in Tokyo commented that she walked 5 hours to get home on Friday night. That's a hell of a long walk in the bitter cold. Hope she was wearing sneakers and not heels or something.
I just saw an image of people on the roof of a hospital who had spelled out 'SOS' in towels and sheets, and '300' to indicate the number of people that needed rescuing there. Such a powerful image. The stories of rescue and loss will be just heartwrenching over the coming days. It's just incredible they are making helipads out of whatever they can find and telling rescuers in the air how many people they have alive on the ground.
Please everybody spare a thought for GaiGun who is stuck at work and unable to travel home to his wife and daughter.
Indeed spare a thought for the tens of thousands of people who are now without basic amenities such as drinking water, homeless, bereaved, orphaned, poisoned, or worse. A large number of Australians remain unaccounted for. Spare a thought for them and their families who must be beside themselves and worried sick.
Images are now being shown of Minamisanriku. It was completely flattened. A town of 10,000 people and it is now a flat sea of debris and not a soul has been accounted for.
I have a friend who has had her water supply removed. She has a newborn baby. My wife has a colleague whose elderly father was evacuated from Miyagi Prefecture just in time. I'm just so thankful that everybody that I know is so far safe and well, and tremendously sad for everyone who is affected.
This is a disaster of epic proportions. They now say the death toll may exceed 2000. I fear it is likely to be in the tens of thousands.
Thanks very much to Mokana Man for your donation! Keep them coming folks.