Massive quake and tsunami strike Japan (updated)

Edit: List of in-world relief efforts here.

Last night / this morning / this afternoon depending on where you live — it was last night for me — there was an unbelievably massive earthquake in the northeast of Japan, followed by tsunamis that left hundreds dead. Last night I was watching the aftermath of the quake, and thinking that for a tremendous earthquake like that, the damage actually looked pretty manageable…but seeing all the people in their cars, stuck in traffic, fleeing for higher ground and thinking: oh, god, go faster. This morning, after two waves — twenty feet, then thirty feet — struck, so many of those people who’d survived the earthquake were dead. News reports say the waves simply traveled too fast for people to get out of low-lying areas.

Now there are aftershocks hitting an already scared country, and apparently numerous nuclear reactors have shut down all over Japan. Airports are flooded, so planes can’t even get people out or relief in to the worst-hit areas. I just…I don’t know.

One of the things I love about Second Life is the way we tend to pull together after a global crisis. We are a community that likes to help out. We have so many beloved Japanese residents, creators who have placed such an indelible stamp on our virtual world — whether it’s through clothing and fashion, beautiful architecture and landscaping, exotic avatar creation, vehicle design, or even the animations and poses that move us through our daily interactions, most of us owe a tremendous debt to the Japanese influence on Second Life. Many of us have Japanese friends in SL; hopefully, your friends and mine came through this horrible day unharmed.

I haven’t heard anything yet about relief efforts in Second Life. As soon as I do, I’ll update this post. I know our community: I’m certain there will be something soon. I only hope it will honor all that our Japanese residents have given us, and allow us, as a community, to help them as much as we can.

EDIT: List of In-World Relief Efforts

  • Linden Lab is selling wearable and rezzable Linden Bears at three different pricing levels, L$300, L$1,000 and L$3,000, and will donate all proceeds from sales of this bear to the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief efforts of the American Red Cross. See this article, or go directly to the marketplace to buy them.
  • Numerous designers, many of them Japanese, have organized a Help Japan In SL event, which will begin on March 19.
  • SL’s Radar Magazine will be holding a month-long event from March 16 – April 16, co-sponsored by the American Red Cross, to benefit victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. The organizers are seeking designers to donate or create items. Please see Radar’s web page or contact Ji Nirvana in-world.
  • Chic Management is holding an event from March 16 – April 10 to benefit the charity Americares for the Pacific crisis. The organizers are looking for merchants to donate items and volunteers to help out. Please see their page here.
  • Ji Nirvana has also set up a Tumblr site to keep track of
    Pacific Relief Help in Second Life
    . I’ll keep maintaining a list here, but this looks like a good one.
  • This is not in-world, but The Guardian has a fantastic article summarizing charities that have organized relief efforts, for those who wish to make monetary donations on their own.
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    Seriously, Mega Shark v. Giant Octopus is a masterpiece of modern cinema. What? It has Deborah Gibson in it. And there's this one scene where...what? Oh, like there's something better than a mega shark leaping out of the ocean and biting a plane in half. Whatever.
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