updated 03/11/2011 AT 10:20 AM ET
•originally published 03/11/2011 AT 10:40 AM ET
In the wake of the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan Friday afternoon – which triggered a 10-meter tsunami and a lingering threat as far west as the California coast – celebs have taken to Twitter to reach out after what may be the biggest such disaster on record to strike the country
Her costar Amber Riley also spoke up: “Omg my heart goes out to Japan,” she Tweeted. “I pray this devastation stops.”
“My mommy just woke my sister and i [sic] up to this!” she said. “god [sic] bless those that are in fear.”
Paris Hilton also seemed to be taken aback by the images of houses reduced to wreckage and farmlands flooded in northern Japan.
“The images on the news are breaking my heart,” Hilton said on Twitter. “I am so worried for everyone in Japan. My thoughts are with you Japan. God bless you all.”
A Trending Topic
By Friday morning, topics like #prayforjapan, #tsuanami and Godzilla were trending on Twitter, and Piers Morgan signed off his Tweets with a hashtag of his own: #prayforthem. “Desperate scenes on #cnn live from Japan,” Morgan, who took over Larry King’s time slot on CNN, Tweeted. “Can’t remember ever watching such horrific natural disaster in real time like this. #prayforthem.”
Even the president took to the social media site to blast his message.
“Sending condolences to the people of Japan, particularly those who lost loved ones in the earthquake & tsunamis,” President Barack Obama, a Honolulu, Hawaii native, said on Twitter. “U.S. stands ready to help.”