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Major earthquake and tsunami strikes Japan

Although the official death toll is unknown, hundreds are expected to have been killed. Aftershocks continue to shake the country, including a second 7.4-magnitude earthquake. Approximately two million people around Tokyo currently do not have electricity, while cell phone service is reported to be down across central and northern Japan.

 Our response to this emergency is already underway: we’re mobilizing relief teams, as well as supplies, and are in contact with our partners in Japan and other countries that may be affected.

International Medical Corps has been a leading responder to emergencies in more than 50 countries, including the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Pakistan earthquake, the 2010 Haiti earthquake and Pakistan floods.

Please help us spread the word – and we will keep you updated on our response to this tragedy.

Port-au-Prince, Haiti, January 4, 2011 – Nearly one year after a 7.0-earthquake struck Haiti, International Medical Corps is rapidly expanding its initial health response to address new medical needs caused by the cholera outbreak, while building capacity within the local health care system through training programs that increase the knowledge and skills of Haitian medical professionals, including emergency and trauma care that will save lives in future emergencies.

For more information visit:  www.InternationalMedicalCorps.org