Japan devastated by quake and tsunami, here’s how you can help



residents watch the devastation provoked by a tsunami tidal wave

smashing vehicles and houses at Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture,

northern Japan. (Photo: Getty Images)

Despite its membership in the earthquake experienced “Ring of Fire,” Japan was hit and hurt by the 5th strongest recorded earthquake to strike since 1900, igniting a vicious tsunami that

crushed its shores early this morning. Japanese TV networks showed

images of surging water and uncontrolled fires that resembled scenes

from a Hollywood disaster movie as waves and flames destroyed anything

in its path, according to the Associated Press.

The 8.9 earthquake struck 80 miles from the northeastern shore of

Japan on Friday March 11. The U.S. Geological Survey said it was the

biggest earthquake to hit Japan since the first Japanese earthquake


Many were injured and nearly 1,000 are presently feared to be killed;

the material damages have been crushing. Police said 200 to 300 bodies

were found in Japan’s northeastern coastal area. The quake prompted

tsunami waves which followed, consuming buildings and homes as they

carried fishing boats and large sea vessels in their tide. Also, a

nuclear emergency was declared after destruction at a Japanese power


In a news conference, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said “the earthquake has caused major damage in broad areas in northern Japan.”

More than 300 houses in Ofunato City were washed away and others

roasted in fires from bursting gas pipes. More news footage showed

uprooted trees and overturned cars littering the streets.

Following the devastation in Japan, tsunami warning were delivered

throughout the Pacific and for the coastal states of the Western U.S.

This morning, Hawaii was experiencing surging waves, but not substantial

damage at press time.


The American Red Cross has taken over social media platforms, updating online followers through Twitter (@RedCross) and Facebook posts and accepting donations. Anyone can text “RED CROSS” to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross efforts and be charged on their next cell phone bill.

To help find loved ones: Inquiries concerning U.S. citizens living or

traveling in Japan should be referred to the U.S. Department of State,

Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-888-407-4747 or 202 647-5225.

Global Giving

is working with International Medical Corps, Save the Children, and

other organizations, taking donations to provide relief and emergency

services to the earthquake and tsunami victims. Visit GlobalGiving.org to donate.

Most disaster relief organizations are advising against sending care

packages, food, or clothing to the area at this time. Your $5 or $10

will go a much longer way. You can find additional donation options on Network For Good.

For breaking news and information on the situation in Japan and the coastal Western U.S., check out The Huffington Post or CBS News.

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