It’s been over 2 months since a catastrophic earthquake recorded at 9.0 on the Richter scale struck off the coast of Japan, creating a tsunami of such massive proportions that it swept over cities and farmland. Hundreds of thousands were killed, thousands missing and the devastation has yet to stop. There were explosions and leaks of radioactive gas at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and numerous fires ignited releasing radioactive material into the atmosphere. Traces of radiation were found in Tokyo’s water. Nuclear officials say that this crisis is on the same level as the Chernobyl disaster.
The official death toll has been quoted as 14,133 and more than 13,346 people are said to be missing. More than 130,000 people are in temporary shelters and tens of thousands more have had to evacuate their homes.
This is not a tragedy that will go away in one month, one year, not even 20 years. The rebuilding process has not even begun because the after effects are continuing to spiral out of their control.
Watch this video, one of so many chronicling the epic proportions this earthquake has cost:
Let us show our support by giving a donation, volunteering with relief efforts, educating ourselves on what can be done to help the people whose lives will never be the same again. Chip E and his lovely wife Liliko will be throwing a benefit to aid the victims of Japan.
WHEN: Thursday, May 26th
WHERE: Zentra (923 W. Weed Street, Chicago)
and a special guest DJ from Japan: DJ UCHIKAWA
COVER: $10 (Absolutely no guest list!)
*All the money goes to an NPO – Nihon Univa Counter Crisis Team in Japan.
*Special thanks to Chip E and Liliko for throwing this event!