natural disasters

Earthquake Japan 7.3 Helplines

Japan has been hit by an earthquake of 7.3 Scale on Richter off Fukushima, Prefecture coast to-day and Tsunami Alert has been issued.

Japan’s meteorological agency said the quake was an aftershock of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that struck the same area in 2011, killing about 19,000 people and devastating the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant.

Tsunamis of up to 40 centimeters (15 inches) were reported Saturday at four areas along the coast, but a tsunami advisory was lifted less than two hours after the quake.

Japanese television images of harbors showed calm waters. The quake hit at 2:10 a.m. Tokyo time (1710 GMT) about 290 kilometers (170 miles) off Fukushima, and it was felt in Tokyo, some 300 miles (480 kilometers) away.

“It was fairly big, and rattled quite a bit, but nothing fell to the floor or broke. We’ve had quakes of this magnitude before,” Satoshi Mizuno, an official with the Fukushima prefectural government’s disaster management department, told The Associated Press by phone. “Luckily, the quake’s center was very far off the coast.”

Mizuno said the operator of the troubled Fukushima plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co., said no damage or abnormalities have been found.

Japan’s meteorological agency issued a 1-meter (3-foot) tsunami advisory for a long stretch of Japan’s northeastern coast, and put the quake’s magnitude at 7.1. The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not post warnings for the rest of the Pacific.

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Tsunami Warning for Japan


Helpline for Foreigners in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures

 There are four special counselling departments: counselling service in foreign languages, domestic violence counseling service for women, sexual minority counselling service as well as suicide department.

This is the new hotline dedicated to the areas the earthquake strike in 2011.
You can call it from anywhere in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefecture.

Toll Free: 0120-279-226

Wait after the Japanese guidance, then please press 2.
You will be directed to the general counselling service hotline for non-Japanese speakers.

For more information please refer to the link below:
Helpline for Foreigners in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures 

This hotline can be used for various languages such as English, Chinese, Korean and Tagalog.

Helpline for Foreigners in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures(PDF)


India, natural disasters

Cyclone Phailin Hits Orissa Live Updates Helplines

Cyclone Phailin hit Odisha (Orissa)  this evening.

Live Updates.

The cyclone is presently around 200 km southeast of Gopalpur.

Cyclone Hits Odisha.

BEHRAMPUR, India (AP) — A massive, powerful cyclone packing heavy rains and destructive winds slammed into India’s eastern coastline Saturday evening, as hundreds of thousands of residents moved inland to shelters in hopes of riding out the dangerous storm. Roads were all but empty as high waves lashed the coastline of Orissa state, which will bear the brunt of Cyclone Phailin. By midafternoon, wind gusts were so strong that they could blow over grown men

The Indian Meteorological department in its latest update said that the cyclone Phailin is expected to hit this evening around 6 pm.

Cyclone Phailin most likely to stay in Odisha for 24hrs after landfall. Five districts to be hit hardest – Jagatsinghpur, Ganjam, Khurda, Puri, Srikakulam (AP), says LS Rathore, DG of Meteorology, IMD…

Zee Media Bureau/Ajith Vijay Kumar with Kamna Arora and Himanshu Kapoor

9:38 pm: Categorising the cyclone as very severe, the MeT department said that the intensity of rainfall will increase within few hours.

9:29 pm: Gale winds from Gopalpur to Paradip and down south to Kalingapatnam, says IMD.

9:27 pm: The Met Department says that the cyclone will remain ‘very severe’ for at least six hours.

9:21 pm: Cyclone Phailin makes landfall, slams into Gopalpur in Odisha at over 200 kmph. Storm surge of 3 to 3.5 metres expected.

8:59 pm: 183 trains cancelled, 22 partially cancelled, 26 diverted due to cyclone.

8:42 pm: Cyclone Phailin has slowed but is expected to hit the east coast soon.

8:29 pm: 30 people stuck in Vonturu in Kaviti Mandal, Srikakulam. NDRF team of Rajapuram on standby, to rescue them after cyclone passes, ANI report.

8:13 pm: The MeT department will be briefing on cyclone situation shortly.


The helpline number of the Odisha Central Control Room is 0674-2534177.

The district control room numbers are:

Mayurbhanj: 06792-252759
Jajpur: 06728-222648
Gajapati: 06815-222943
Dhenkanal: 06762-221376
Khurda: 06755-220002
Keonjhar: 06766-255437
Cuttack: 0671-2507842
Ganjam: 06811-263978
Puri: 06752-223237
Kendrapara: 06727-232803
Jagatsinghpur: 06724-220368
Balasore: 06782-262674
Bhadrak: 06784-251881

Andhra Pradesh emergency operation centres’ numbers:

Srikakulam: 0894-2240557, 9652838191
Visakhapatnam: 1800-425002
Vizianagaram: Toll free – 1077, 0892-2236947
East Godavari: 0884-2365506
West Godavari: 0881230617
Krishna: Toll free – 1077, 086722525
Guntur: 08632345103, 08632234990
Nellore: 08612331477

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) too has set up control rooms. The numbers are – 011-26185912, 26187953, 9990549774, 9711077372.

Links for Live Updates.


India, natural disasters

Uttarakhand Floods Helplines Find People

Following are the Helplines for the Uttarakhand Flood devastation , which has claimed 1000 lives so far and had left 30,000 stranded.

Uttarakhand Floods

Uttarakhand Floods

Lord Siva's Statue submerged

Lord Siva’s Statue submerged

Indian Army Web site  Helpline.


BSNL Toll Free Number 1800-180-5558
Mobile Number 8009833388
Landline Number 0522-2482901
TATA Toll Free Number 1800-419-0282
Landline Number 01634-233700
Mobile Number 09410520486
Landline Number 0135-2710334
Landline Number 01381-460569
Landline Number 05946-250138
Landline Number 01364-233236
Mobile Number 08395038251
Landline Number 01363-240799
Mobile Number 07895489337
Landline Number 01389-222259
Mobile Number 09557430129
Landline Number 05967-222020
Mobile Number 091763095758

Uttarkashi: 01374-226126, 226161

Chamoli: 01372-251437

Tehri: 01376-233433

Rudraprayag: 01732-1077

The ITBP helpline and control room numbers: 011-24362892, 9968383478

Army medical emergency helpline numbers: 18001805558, 18004190282, 8009833388

Uttarakhand Helpline numbers: 0135-2710334, 2710335, 2710233

Railway helpline numbers at Haridwar: 09760534054/09760534055;

Dehradun: 01352622131;

Rishikesh: 0135243416

Many NGOs are also running campaign:

Uday Foundation 011-26561333, Email:

Relief Material can be sent directly to Uday Foundation Uttrakhand Warehouse cum base camp office at following address:-

Uday Foundation – Help for Uttrakhand

C/O Parmarth Gurukul

Veerpur Khurdh

PO: Virbhadra

Rishikesh, Uttrakhand – 249202

Monetary help can be send through cheque or DD in favour of “Uday Foundation” and courier the same to Uday Foundation, 91A ( Near Airtel) Adhchini, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi 110017


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natural disasters, US

Oklahoma Tornado Live




7: 15 a.m.: Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin told “Good Morning America,” “It’s a very sad day in Oklahoma. A lot of hearts have been broken.”

6:43 a.m.: President Obama will deliver a televised statement regarding the Oklahoma tornado at 10 a.m. ET.

6:28 a.m.: Pope Francis tweeted, “I am close to the families of all who died in the Oklahoma tornado, especially those who lost young children. Join me in praying for them.”

5:33 a.m.: McClain County Animal Response Team spokesperson Dr. Patty Mannas told ABC News affiliate KOCO-TV that at least 50 pets have been pulled from the rubble in Moore, Okla.

“We’ve already reunited a few animals and animals with microchips have a very, very high percentage of being reunited with their families,” she said.

Oklahoma Tornado

Oklahoma Tornado




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Meteor Falls In Argentina Video

A Meteorite is reported to have hit Argentina to-day , causing injury or Death.

Confirmation is awaited.

“Some media is reporting that a meteorite or a piece of a satellite struck a woman in Monte Grande, Buenos Aires, Argentina, killing her and injuring eight. Witnesses say that they saw a blue ball of fire striking a house:

Meteorite in Argentina

Meteorite Hits Argentina

My daughter’s bedroom is on the front and she told me that, when she opened the window after smelling gunpowder, she saw how fireballs coming from the sky and there she saw the explosion that reached my son-in-law on his leg.

Another woman says that she was sleeping when she heard the “impressive noise”. She woke up around 2AM today because she heard a “high pitch noise” and, a few seconds later, she felt an explosion that shattered her house:

When I went out I saw fire coming from above, of light blue. It wasn’t the color of a normal fire, it was all of sky blue.

A young man claims that he has captured the meteor on his mobile phone. The picture—shown on the top—doesn’t seem like the straight trajectory of a meteor or a piece of space junk. It looks more like this imbecile decided to make a fake photo photographing a moving piece of burning wood in the middle of the night.

The police, however, believes this is all a case of mass hysteria driven by the photo and the recent news of the NASA satellite that crashed in the Pacific last Saturday. They went through the rubble to discover a “gas 45-kilogram gas tube, part of some pipe and a [pizza] oven destroyed.” The fire department declared that the explosion was enormous.


 Meteorite in Argentina

Damaged Home, Meteorite.