GRACE extends sympathy and support to the people of Japan affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami
As all of us are aware, the largest earthquake to hit Japan since records began more than 100 years ago hit the Pacific coast of the country's main island, Honshu, on 11 March 2011. The Richter magnitude 9.0 event, the resulting tsunami and the rupture of the Fukushima nuclear facility killed many thousands and caused unprecedented suffering to the lives millions of others as well as colossal damage to property.
As reported by Japanese media, the massive tsunami destroyed seawalls and caused fires in oil storage depots as people variously fled or braced themselves from the series of aftershocks, some exceeding magnitude 7.
During this most difficult time, the GRACE Association Pakistan conveys its sympathy and support to all those who were caught up in this disaster, and in particular to our Japanese friends and supporters, as we profess our admiration for the grace and resilience by which the Japanese have been dealing with their challenges.
Faced by various difficulties, the worldwide GRACE community expresses deep admiration for the way in which our Japanese colleagues are calmly pitching in to help themselves and others, taking life one day at a time. With a resilience that we have seen exhibited by the people of Japan in facing previous disasters, the nation is facing this new challenge with a quiet and uncomplaining resolve - a far cry from the public anger and frustration so often characterized when catastrophe strikes.
We reiterate our sympathy and support to our Japanese colleagues and wish them continued strength of spirit to rise above this time of national crisis.
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