AKB48 Theater Closes Due to Earthquake
Saturday 12 Mar, 2011 - 04:36am UTC
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It was announced on AKB48’s official blog that the AKB Theater will be momentarily closing due to the devastating earthquake and tsunami. AKB48, SKE48, and NMB48 events have been canceled for the next few days.
Please keep all those affected by the 2011 Sendai earthquake in your thoughts and prayers.
From AKB48's Official Blog:
Today we closed the theater due to the Pacific Ocean earthquake that hit the Touhoku region. At the moment, we are unable to safely repair and inspect the theater.
As you, the fans, all know, the there is equipment like hanging spotlights, moving lights, and trapdoors in the AKB48 theater. How many days will it take to assess the operation and security of these devices? When will we be able to call in contractors to check the building? We are uncertain. Until we are able to offer fans a safe environment to watch the shows, we will temporarily close the theater. Since aftershocks are still occurring, we have no way of telling when the theater will be running, but we will announce details as soon as we know.
Moreover, to everyone worried about the member’s safety: we have managed to contact all AKB48 and SDN48 members. Lastly, we wish the safety of everyone that lives in areas greatly affected by this earthquake[…]. During these times, let us group together and support each other!
To help with relief efforts in Japan and the Pacific, you can donate $10 to the American Red Cross
by texting REDCROSS to 90999, or online by visiting GlobalGiving here