On Friday, March 11, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific Ocean near northeastern Japan, triggering a tsunami throughout the Pacific. All members of the Wake Forest University community in Japan at the time of the earthquake have been accounted for and are safe, to the best of our knowledge.
Google has built a page in response to the crisis with news, maps, donation information, Twitter feeds and other resources. Click here to view.
For information about U.S. citizens, see the U.S. State Department website or call (888) 407-4747. Google has activated a "Person Finder" tool for the Japan earthquake.
President Nathan O. Hatch says: "Ours is a compassionate community." Click here to read his letter to the campus.
Wake Forest events
All proceeds and donations from the events listed below will go to the Obirin Gakuen Foundation of America, which has pledged that 100% of funds raised will go to the victims.
Tuesday, March 15, 9 pm and Wednesday, March 16, 9 pm: Make paper cranes in the Davis Lounge. Bring origami paper or any thin, decorative paper. Newspaper will be provided. Cranes will be used across campus to raise awareness. At fundraising events, people will be able to put personal messages on a crane when they make a donation. Cranes with messages will be collected and displayed online to show our solidarity and best wishes.
Thursday, March 17 and Friday, March 18, 10 am-2 pm: Booths outside the Pit will be selling Chinese and Japanese goods and shirts. An information table will have a collage, videos and translated tweets from citizens during the disaster.
Thursday, March 17, 8 pm: The Student Union will donate half of the proceeds from green beer sales at the Buddy Brown concert on Manchester Plaza (Mag Quad). A donation table also will be set up.
Saturday, March 19, 1-4 pm: Donation table at "Exploring Japan Family Day" at the Museum of Anthropology.Saturday, March 26, 5-6:30 pm: Donation table at "Asian Spring Festival" in Brendle Recital Hall in Scales.