Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) has assembled its emergency response personnel to assess the humanitarian needs and possible response to a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck the Pacific Ocean nearby Northeastern Japan on March 11. Initial reports indicate that hundreds of people perished in a powerful tsunami and that the quake caused damage with blackouts and fire. The large earthquake triggered a tsunami warning for countries all around the Pacific Ocean ranging from Russia to Hawaii to South America.
IOCC, in consultation with local Orthodox and ecumenical partners in Japan and other countries affected in the Pacific, is assessing the current situation and the need for a potential response.
“We mourn the loss of life and pray for those who were taken so suddenly by this disaster,” said Constantine M. Triantafilou, IOCC executive director. “We are all keenly aware of the devastation that can be caused by powerful tsunamis and are deeply concerned for those who have been affected by this tragedy. Our staff is ready to respond with our partners to offer assistance where it is needed.”
IOCC is the official humanitarian aid agency of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) and a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy.
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