Religious Responses to Natural Disasters: From Hurricane Katrina to the Great East Japan Earthquake

  • Brian Victoria


As the following New York Times article of July 18, 2012, reveals, religious responses to natural disasters are as fresh as yesterday’s news:

The Obama administration warned Wednesday that food supplies were at risk from the worsening drought afflicting more than half of the country and called on Congress to revive lapsed disaster aid programs … Tom Vilsack, the agriculture secretary, added that he was praying for rain. “I get on my knees every day, and I’m saying an extra prayer now,” Mr. Vilsack told reporters at the White House after his discussions with Mr. Obama. “If I had a rain prayer or rain dance I could do, I would do it.”1


Natural Disaster Religious Leader Great East Japan Earthquake Supernatural Power York Time Article 
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