The planet offered a grave reminder of mankind’s place in the big picture late last night when a massive earthquake followed by a series of aftershocks and devastating tsunami rocked Japan. Like so many people of the world, American MMA fans watched in horror at video of infrastructure being wiped away like words on a chalkboard with their concern quickly turning to the affected people rather than a number of fights planned for the weekend here and abroad.
As might be expected, a number of shows scheduled to take place in Japan have been put on hold as the nation’s focus turns towards safety and recovery. Those included in the bunch were offerings from Jewels, Pancrase, and Shooto, where officials solemnly cited damage to the historic Korakeun Hall in Tokyo.
Female fighter Roxanne Modafferi, who lives in Japan, was one of many in the MMA community who took to social networking sites to offer some personal perspective on the 8.9-magnitude quake. On her Facebook page Modafferi wrote, “Yes, I felt the earthquake and for the first time in my life, I feared for my life and ran out of the supermarket! I saw a seven-story shopping center swaying before my eyes!! Omg!”
Hundreds of deaths have already been reported with many more expected in the coming days. The earthquake is the most powerful to have ever hit Japan in recorded history. No figure has been released in terms of damage estimates but given the extensive destruction it will clearly be an exceptionally high figure. Interested parties can help donate to the relief effort via the Red Cross.
PHOTO CREDIT – AP