Hello has friends and family in Japan. Upon hearing the news on March 11th about the 9.0-magnitude earthquake, we’ve been actively seeking ways to effectively help the victims of the disaster. The earthquake triggered tsunamis that caused widespread devastation and crippled a nuclear power plant that poses a serious threat for widespread radiation release. Currently reports indicate that over 10,000 people have lost their lives with thousands of people still missing and millions affected by the crisis.
Two of Japan’s most pressing needs are search and rescue teams and basic goods to care for people displaced by the disaster. Japanese social welfare organizations are providing displaced people with shelter, food, clean water and medical care for injuries. You can help by donating to charities that are providing these resources to the people in Japan.
LivingSocial’s current deal is $5 for a $10 donation to the American Red Cross’s Japan Earthquake & Pacific Tsunami fund. This deal ends in one day.
This page is continually updated so users can read up on the latest news regarding the earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan. Google provides the latest information on resources for victims and ways to contribute to relief efforts.
World Vision currently has an emergency response team on the ground in hard hit areas in Japan, providing water, blankets and other urgently needed supplies to survivors. Their ongoing efforts will focus on the unique needs of children, who are the most impacted.
American Red Cross will support disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific.
Shigeru Ban, an architectural firm in Japan, is building and deploying simple partitions for evacuees to take shelter in Tohoku, Japan where thousands of families are currently taking shelter in school gyms.