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For Immediate Release

Brian Feagans, CARE,, +1.404.979.9453, +1.404.457.4644

CARE Offices in Asia on High Alert as Tsunami Developments Unfold

TOKYO, Japan

A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit Japan this morning unleashing a major tsunami, which has caused major damage in the country. CARE staff in the Tokyo office felt a tremor, but no injuries have been reported. As a major industrial economy, Japan has earthquake response measures in place. However, new information is coming in by the hour, so CARE offices in Asia are on high alert and have ensured that staff are informed of the tsunami warnings and other related developments. In the Philippines, CARE's partner organization has assisted five villages on the coast to evacuate inhabitants. CARE's emergency staff is currently standing by and will continue to be ready to assist should the tsunami hit the coasts of developing nations such as Indonesia or Papua New Guinea.

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. We place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.