A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck Virginia, sending ripples from Washington, D.C. to New York City to Boston to Cleveland, around 1:50 p.m. this afternoon. The whole Frisky office here in NYC started shaking. We initially thought it was Amelia’s breakfast burrito getting the better of her, but now we know the truth: several of us just lived through our first earthquake! We’re hoping all Frisky readers and their loved ones are OK. Feel free to share with us any earthquake-related stories in the comments.
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A massive earthquake — at 8.9 on the richter scale, it’s among the largest in record history — hit off the shore of Japan today, causing a powerful tsunami to sweep away homes, cars, people, and boats. At least 32 people are dead and that number is expected to rise. There are also tsunami warnings for the coastal U.S., particularly California, as well as Hawaii. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Japan and anyone affected by this devastating natural disaster. Please feel free to use the comments to post updates you think would be of interest. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
“Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes.”
— Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, a prayer leader in Tehran, as quoted in Iranian media [AP] Keep reading »
Aid groups from around the world are working tirelessly—racing against the clock—to rescue survivors, provide medical relief, food, and water after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti on Tuesday. It is still unclear what the death toll will be (it’s estimated that it could be hundreds of thousands) or how severe the damage is, but reports and horrifying images from the ground indicate major destruction and chaos everywhere. Obama promised $100 million in immediate relief and even deployed 3,500 US Army members to assist, our most heroic relief effort since the tsunami in Indonesia. But communication is still limited and people are still searching for loved ones, like “Heroes” cast member and Haitian native Jimmy Jean-Louis. He is trying to find his parents after he learned that the house he grew up in collapsed, killing several relatives. So sad.
To help, many celebs have stepped up to offer big bucks for the cause. Keep reading »
Everyone’s favorite hatemonger, Pat Robertson, has been up to his usual tomfoolery lately, blaming the devastating earthquake in Haiti (which has killed more than 100,000 people) on a “pact” the nation “made to the devil” when it was emancipated from French rule. Well, our friend, comedian Sara Benincasa, is majorly fed up with Pat’s nonsense and thinks he should be taught a very serious lesson. Check out her call to action above, and then, please, go donate to relief effort via Doctors Without Borders
, the Red Cross
, or Yele.org
. Keep reading »
In Tokyo yesterday, Jessica Simpson tweeted: “Thought i was hallucinating during a 6.6 earthquake in japan. i have never felt anything like this in my life. laying in bed watching cnn.” Now, every time there’s an earthquake in Los Angeles, people will think, “Let me twote dat.” Just like us, celebrities experience life’s natural disasters. Read on for our favorite celebrity survivors. Keep reading »
Last Monday’s earthquake in China has caused all kinds of pain. The official death toll is at 34,000, and more than 200,000 are injured. Being buried together may have helped one couple stay alive and rekindle their relationship. Wang Zhijun and his wife, Li Wanzhi, had just sat down to watch a DVD together when their apartment building began shaking. They were buried, entwined together, when the building collapsed. Keep reading »