Blink 182, Praying Mantis and The End Records raise funds as disaster nation faces nuclear alert following aftershocks and tsunami

Japan tsunami

Disaster: Quake cause a massive tsunami

Blink 182, Praying Mantis and The End Records are among rock acts trying to raise money for the victims of Friday’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The island nation is now facing a nuclear alert after the Fukushima Daiichi power plant was rocked by a third explosion which damaged a reactor’s containment vessel.

A 20km exclusion zone has been established round the area, and people living between 20km 30km from the plant have been ordered to remain indoors and make their homes airtight. Prime Minister Naoto Kan says: “There is a very high risk of more radiation coming out.”

Blink bassist Mark Hoppus is auctioning a stack of personal memorabilia on eBay, including the original handwritten lyrics for Rock Show, the sweater he wore in the video for Dammit, backstage passes and promo items.

Mantis will release the single Children of the Earth (2011) as a download-only title, with all funds donated to the earthquake appeal.

Anvil, Helloween and Danzig tracks are amongst 12 numbers on The End’s sampler album, which is available now on a pay-what-you-want basis. The collection also includes a song by Dir En Grey, who were recording in their Tokyo studio when the quake struck.

Over 10,000 people are thought to have died and more than half a million people have lost their homes. Experts yesterday upgraded the quake from 8.9 to 9.0 on the Richter scale.

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