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Tashirojima, a cat island in Japan, is doing well

An update from the Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support (JEARS) organization has confirmed that Tashirojima, an island in Japan famous for having an abundant number of cats, is ding well post-earthquake, according to Discovery News.

The JEARS center posted the following message on Facebook.

"Just to give everyone an update on Tashirojima, the cat island. The people and cats are safe but short of food. A volunteer looked into transporting food by boat, but there is too much debris in the water. A helicopter is the only way. The army will probably get a helicopter ready soon so we are looking into the possibility of asking them to take cat food too."

Tashirojima is located in the Miyagi Prefecture, which was severely hit by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunamis. The small fishing area has only 100 residents but so many cats that it has earned the nickname "Cat Island."

About 100,000 people have been lost or are still missing following the March 11 earthquake, which was the largest on record in Japan's history.
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