A major earthquake has struck close to the east coast of Ireland, killing hundreds of people and injuring many more.
The quake, which measured 7.8 on the Richter scale, struck at 10.48am on Friday morning and has destroyed large parts of Dublin city centre. It also triggered a tsunami that has smashed into coastal towns and villages along the Irish and Welsh coastlines, severely damaging shipping and fishing industries in both countries.
The death toll in Ireland has so far been confirmed at 225, but this figure is expected to rise sharply in the coming hours.
Millions of euro worth of damage has been caused.
Rescue efforts are already underway to locate survivors around Dublin’s O’Connell Street, where buildings and monuments toppled around hundreds of commuters, shoppers and business owners.
It is the first time that an earthquake has struck in this part of the world and the disaster has caught seismologists completely by surprise.
The epicentre of the quake has been identified as occurring two kilometres east of Dublin at a depth of approximately 30 kilometres.
The shallowness of the quake made it even more destructive as buildings were toppled and large cracks opened in roads.
Damage from the quake has been caused as far away as London and Glasgow, with tremors felt in major cities right across Europe…
"Okay, so an earthquake like the one that hit Nepal on Saturday might not have happened in Dublin this morning, but just imagine if it did. Hundreds of people would probably have died and thousands of our countrymen and women would be in urgent need of humanitarian assistance."
The scale and frequency of humanitarian crises globally is increasing. This presents a challenge to organisations like GOAL, as well as to the broader humanitarian community, as resources are stretched and the challenge to respond effectively becomes more and more difficult.
The Irish public are known for their generosity, and their response to the disaster in Nepal has, as expected, been extremely generous. But we need to keep this and other major crises like the conflicts in Syria, South Sudan and Ukraine, the battle to overcome Ebola in West Africa, and many other global emergencies, in the public mind.
The people of Nepal, with the support of the international community, will be responding to the devastating effects of this crisis for years to come, but already media and public interest in the earthquake is beginning to wane.
Today, GOAL is attempting to bring the reality of crises such as the Nepal Earthquake closer to home and we are asking the public to support GOAL’s efforts by retweeting the #HitHome image, and by following Goal_Global on Twitter.
If you would like to donate towards our operation in Nepal, or to any of the other crises we are currently responding to, please visit GOAL’s donation page, or call 01-905 9990.