Square Enix donates $457,000 toward earthquake relief efforts in Japan0 Comments
Earthquakes shook the island of Japan earlier this month, causing 29 fatalities and injuring over a thousand others in the southern region of the country. In an effort to help support the relief effort, game publisher Square Enix has donated $457,000 to the Japan Red Cross Society.
In a statement made via the Square Enix corporate website, the company stated that they hope their donation of 50 million yen will help "support the earliest possible relief and recovery of affected regions."
The two earthquakes weighed in at magnitudes of 5.3 and 7.3 on the Richter scale, and caused tremendous damage to buildings and infrastructure in the Kumamoto area. Reports indicate that the quakes' epicenters were "relatively shallow," meaning they caused more shaking on the surface level (and hence more structural damage) than similarly-scaled quakes produced from a deeper level.
Japan is a relatively small country, and yet is still home to some ten percent of the world's active volcanoes. It's also planted firmly in the Pacific ocean's "Ring of Fire" area, where high numbers of oceanic trenches and plate movements account for some 1,500 or so earthquakes yearly. Still, not every quake causes such substantial damage, as has been seen most recently. In that light, it's good that Japan has domestic allies willing to help relief efforts.
Square Enix Donates $457,000 to Japanese Earthquake Relief Effort, GameSpot
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