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Our attention, prayers, thoughts, and condolences remain focused on the escalating and intensely dangerous situation in Japan and the Pacific regions.  Aside from the initial devastation caused by the 8.9 magnitude earthquake, itself; evacuations and tsunami warnings remain in effect. 

Hundreds have been found or are presumed dead after a massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami tore through Japan's northeast coast. Some are already declaring the 8.9 magnitude quake the largest ever recorded and after-effects are expected to hit the west coast of the US, the Phillippines, Indonesia and other vulnerable spots. The Internet has sped into action, using Twitter to report updates and Google's crisis response page to report missing persons.

This story continues to develop.