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Riverside Reaches Out to Sister City Sendai, Japan

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A magnitude 8.9 earthquake — the biggest in modern Japanese history — hit the island nation's eastern coast Friday afternoon, unleashing a 23-foot tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland.

Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge said, “Riverside sends its prayers and thoughts to Japan and especially to its Sister City Sendai. This beautiful city and its people have been our partners for over 50 years. The City of Riverside stands ready to provide any assistance requested by the federal agencies coordinating the earthquake relief and support efforts”.

If you wish to help, the American Red Cross is accepting donations. You may donate via the internet or by phone atriversidecounty.redcross.org – click “Donate” and then “Japan Earthquake” or you may call 1-888-831-0031 or 1-800- RED CROSS.

If you wish to locate family or friends, :visit https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

Family in Japan requiring assistance should contact the Department of State at: JapanEmergencyUSC@state.gov or by phone at 1-10-5 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8420 JAPAN, Phone 03- 3224-5000, Fax: 03-3505-1862. Note: telecommunications are impacted in Japan and may not be fully functioning.

For updated information on travel and security in Japan, call the Department of State toll free at 1-888-407-4747.

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