CHICAGO (WBBM/CBS) — The lights that illuminate the crest of the John Hancock Center are bedecked in red and white, in a push to raise awareness of relief efforts for Japan.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Nancy Harty reports, major skyscrapers all over the world are taking part.

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The effort began Monday.

The John Hancock Center says in a news release that Chicago’s reputation as an international city mandates a contribution to the effort for earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan.

“Chicago is a truly international city and I think the people who live and visit here really do care deeply when such a humanitarian crisis happens anywhere around the world,” John Hancock Observatory general manager Daniel Thomas said in the release. “Hopefully this will be a very visual call to action.”

Also participating are the Empire State Building in New York; the CN Tower in Toronto; the Menara KL in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; the North Tower in Seoul, South Korea; the Olympic Tower in Montreal; the Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand; the Space Needle in Seattle; and the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, Hampshire, U.K.

The John Hancock suggests visiting the Consulate General of Japan in New York to donate to Japan relief efforts.

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