On March 11, 2011, the people of Honshu, Japan were going about their day, toiling in the fields and casting their nets in the ocean. At 2:46 pm, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the east coast of their island. While many survived the 5-minute temblor, a tsunami hit them later only to claim 7,000 lives and resulted to more than 10,000 missing. The New York Times featured satellite photos of the stark landscape in the aftermath of the disaster. As small as this island may seem when compared to the many land masses on the planet, CBS reports that the strength that the earthquake of Honshu unleashed, accelerated the Earth’s spin and shortened the 24-hour day by 1.8 microseconds, according to NASA and moved Japan by 8 feet (2.4 m), according to USGS. Then there’s the inevitable path leading to a nuclear catastrophe which day by day is getting more certain.
This disaster of epic proportions has made it difficult for the international community to ignore. Any help, regardless of how little, can make a difference to the tragedy-stricken people and cannot be underestimated. For this reason, Little Sweet Knittings Designs, wish to donate 50% of proceeds from the sale of Florian to the American Red Cross until April 30, 2011. The choice of charities fell on the ARC for its global humanitarian involvement, including its aid in this disaster. If you wish to donate to the ARC in lieu of purchasing Florian, please click on this link which will take you to their secure website. Either way, help will reach those in urgent need.