March 13, 2011, 7 years ago

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According to Wikipedia, the 2011 Sendai earthquake and tsunami was a 9.0 megathrust earthquake off the coast of Japan that occurred at 14:46 JST on Friday, March 11th which triggered tsunami warnings and evacuations from Japan's Pacific coast and at least 20 countries, including the entire Pacific coast of North America and South America. The earthquake created tsunami waves of up to 10 meters (33 ft) that struck Japan. The Japanese National Police Agency has officially confirmed 1353 deaths, but estimated numbers are far higher.

Members of the metal community have expressed their thoughts and condolences to the Japanese people:

JUDAS PRIEST: "We were all deeply shocked to hear about the awful tragedy in Japan with the earthquake and tsunami - our thoughts and prayers go out to all our fans and everyone there."

KISS: "To all our loyal fans, friends and their families devastated by the effects of the earthquake in Japan: We stand side by side with you in support and you will remain in our prayers through this time of tragedy."

AEROSMITH: "We want you all to know that we’re thinking of you through this tough and difficult time. Our thoughts and hearts go out to you."

URIAH HEEP: "Our thoughts and hopes are with the Japanese people today. We have made many friends over the years in your wonderful country. Once again we were overwhelmed by your friendship and hospitality only a few months ago during the band's last visit to Japan. We want you all to know that everyone in the Uriah Heep family is with you, as you deal with the challenges ahead."

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