Massive Earthquake off Japan triggers tsunami

March 11, 2011

A massive 8.9 earthquake struck off the coast of Japan at 2:46 pm local time, March 11, causing extensive damage and triggering a huge tsunami. Tsunami warnings have been issued for 20 countries across the Pacific basin, extending to the United States, Mexico and the coast of South America.


UCC and Global Ministries staff are monitoring the situation and seeking contact with partners and mission personnel across the impacted region.

Martha Mensendiek, GM missionary serving in Kyoto, Japan along with Casilda Luzares reports they are safe as are  Jeff Mensendiek and his family, serving in Sendai, near the epicenter of the quake.   

Updates will be posted as information is received.


1.  Pray for the people of Japan and the tsunami impact area, their leaders, and all emergency response workers.

2.  To assist people impacted by this disaster, please make a gift payable to your congregation marked for “Pacific earthquake/tsunami” with the request they be sent through your Conference office on to Wider Church Ministries.


Send gifts, made out to Wider Church Ministries and marked in the memo portion “Pacific earthquake/tsunami” to Wider Church Ministries; 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115.


Make a secure online donation to the International Disaster Relief fund.  Please note Pacific earthquake/tsunami in the Comments box.

Thank you for your compassion and support.

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