March 14th, 2011
10:18 AM ET

Japan earthquake unleashes prayer Tweets

The Twitter hash tag #prayforjapan was trending during parts of the weekend and again on Monday morning, drawing many tweets from Japan - and from many other parts of the the world.

Here's a quick sampling from early Monday:

Manga University After two days filled with anxiety and despair, we are just incredibly sad right now. Please pray for Japan. #prayforjapan

Nikki Blade Found out my mate who lives in Japan is fine!!! Thank GOD!!! Praying that everyone else finds their loved ones. #eqjapan #eqjp #prayforjapan

EmilyRose: my heart is so sad for those in japan. #prayforjapan

Maine_Val_Erika maine_val Oh My Gosh...watching families being reunited...brings such tears of joy to my eyes!!! God bless...Peace!!! #prayforjapan

mariamhu1 From the coverage i've seen these Japanese people seem so composed, i dont know if its shock, whilst the world watching cries. #prayforjapan

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Asia • Japan • Technology

soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. raven26

    Whether you believe or not, tweets requesting prayers hurt no one and may bring comfort to those who need it. At the same time, I hope tweeters take the time to text to the Red Cross and donate $10. That definitely can't hurt and definitely CAN help.

    March 15, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • T-party

      @ raven 26 ...true

      March 15, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
    • Adulai

      Can I just say what a reduction to secrah out somebody who actually knows what theyre talking about on the internet. You undoubtedly know how you can convey a difficulty to mild and make it important. Extra people have to read this and understand this aspect of the story. I cant believe youre no more widespread because you positively have the gift.

      April 1, 2012 at 4:25 am |
  2. Frederica

    Manga university prays? They should stop all the demonic things first.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
  3. tallulah13

    One would hope that those who believe that praying actually does any good wouldn't need to be 'tweeted' to do so.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
    • pockets

      Send them money, especially to the Red Cross

      March 14, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
  4. T-party

    If this tragedy happened in 1939 while the J-aps were kill-ing the chinese in Manchuria. The posts on this blog would be much different.........

    March 14, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
    • pockets

      You have shown your ignorance

      March 14, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
    • Clay

      And they wonder why teabaggers get called racists...

      March 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
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