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japan tsunami march 2011

Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez & others #PrayForJapan

The world is still reacting to the news of an 8.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan on Friday (March 11). The devastating quake triggered a 10-meter tsunami that now threatens Pacific coastal areas including Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States. Celebrities have taken to Twitter to share their love and support for those affected by the natural disaster.

“I’m sending my thoughts and prayers and love to those in Japan who are hurting,” Taylor Swift tweeted. Fellow pop princess Katy Perry shared a similar sentiment, writing, “My prayers go out to anyone that is being effected by the disaster in Japan. #prayforjapan.”

Selena Gomez, who was just in the country, took to Facebook to express her concern. “Wow, I don’t even know what to say, Japan. I was just there and you were all so wonderful to me,” she wrote. “I am sending all my love, prayers and support.”

Justin Bieber also tweeted about the news. “Japan is one of my favorite places on earth. … It’s an incredible culture with amazing people. My prayers go out to them. We all need to help.” He added, “#prayforjapan.”

“Our hearts and prayers are with all of our BSB family in Japan. We love you all so much. Please try to stay safe. … Kisses and hugs from us!” the Backstreet Boys tweeted, with their tourmates New Kids on the Block adding, “Our thoughts are with all those around the world affected by the earthquake in Japan.”

“American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest wrote on Twitter, “Glued to TV watching this unreal earthquake footage out of Japan. Sending prayers to everyone affected. Unbelievable.”

As the weather threatens his home state of Hawaii, the president tweeted a strong message of support. “Sending condolences to the people of Japan, particularly those who lost loved ones in the earthquake & tsunamis. U.S. stands ready to help.”

“Glee” stars Lea Michele and Amber Riley also had kind words for those affected. Michele tweeted, “So devastating to hear about the huge earthquake & tsunami [in] Japan. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone there.” Riley added, “Omg my heart goes out to Japan. I pray this devastation stops.”

Embattled actress Lindsay Lohan even seemed overwhelmed by the news, writing, “My mommy just woke my sister and i up to this! god bless those that are in fear.”

“The images on the news are breaking my heart,” Paris Hilton wrote online. “I am so worried for everyone in Japan. My thoughts are with you Japan. God bless you all.”