By: CJ Ramsaran

On Friday, March 11, 2011 at 2:46 pm JST (12:46 am EST), Japan was devastated by a massive earthquake, initially reported as a magnitude 8.9, which has since been upgraded to a magnitude 9.0; the fourth largest reported in history.

The epicentre of the quake was situated along the east coast of Honshu; with a population of 103 million (as reported in 2005).   Honshu is the largest and main island of Japan, whose economy strives on fishing and agriculture.

The earthquake was followed by a multitude of aftershocks; some reported as high as 6.0 on the Richter scale; sizeable earthquakes on their own, which we have seen cause destruction elsewhere.

In less than 20 minutes following the earthquake, the region was ravished by a deadly Tsunami with waves 30 feet high.   The tsunami showed no mercy for mankind; leaving sheer destruction in its path.

Like a domino effect, further devastation is being felt in Fukushima, Japan, where three explosions have now been triggered at nuclear reactors due to problems with the reactors’ cooling systems.

Officials are on high alert, with the detection of radiation leakage, and are scrambling to avoid an outright Nuclear Meltdown.  Such an occurance would undoubtedly be catastrophic.

If that weren’t enough, the country is also contending with a volcanic eruption at Shinmoedake Peak, Mount Kirishima, Japan.

If ever a country was in need of our prayers, now is the time.  Fellow humanitarians, please keep Japan and it’s people in your heart and prayers.  Yes, we must pray for Japan… we must do whatever we can do to extend a caring hand for the good of mankind.