Friday, March 11, 2011 - for immediate release

Oakville encourages residents to provide support to earthquake relief for Japanese communities

Oakville, March 11, 2011 – for immediate release
The Town of Oakville is sending condolences to the people of Japan who were struck by a devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake overnight and is encouraging Oakville residents to provide support to relief effort organizations.

“On behalf of Town Council, I extend deepest condolences and sympathies to all Oakville residents who have family and friends in the areas devastated by the earthquake in Japan. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by this terrible natural disaster, especially our friends in our sister city, Neyagawa, Japan,” said Mayor Rob Burton.

Oakville residents wishing to contribute to relief efforts can donate money, not clothing or food, to experienced humanitarian organizations that can respond immediately to the crisis. Cash donations are the fastest, most efficient way to get help to people living in a disaster zone.

Well-known Canadian organizations currently taking donations include the Canadian Red Cross Society, World Vision Canada, Doctors without Borders and Save the Children Canada. Information on how to donate money can be found on their websites.  For a list of other relief effort organizations, and for more information on Canada’s response to the earthquake in Japan visit the Government of Canada’s Foreign Affairs and International Trade website.

Just recently, Japan's Meteorological Agency says a magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the central, mountainous part of the country hours after a massive quake hit off the country's northeastern coast. A series of significant aftershocks, ranging in size from 5.8 to 7.1 magnitude, have already struck the same area, but the most recent quake was in an entirely different location.

The earthquake, reported to be the worst in Japan’s history, has triggered a tsunami warning to many countries along the Pacific coast.

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For more information, contact:
Gisèle Shaw
Manager, Corporate Communications
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3166
gshaw@oakville.ca


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