GREAT EAST JAPAN EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI UPDATE

On March 11 at 2:46pm JST a massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake occurred near the northeastern coast of Japan, creating extremely destructive tsunami waves which hit Japan just minutes after the earthquake, and triggering evacuations and warnings across the Pacific Ocean. The earthquake and tsunami have caused extensive and severe damage in Northeastern Japan, leaving thousands of people confirmed dead, injured or missing, and millions more affected by lack of electricity, water and transportation.

To learn more and to donate to many of the organizations listed below, please visit the Google Crisis Response website which provides extensive information and links to monitor the situation in Japan. Updated Japan US State Dept Travel Alert is available at 1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444 in the US. Follow the New York Times for their regular updates on northern Japan.

OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE NATION OF JAPAN AS THEY RECOVER AND REBUILD.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Funds donated directly to these heavily affected northeastern prefectures will be used to aid victims and begin reconstruction efforts. These sites are primarily in Japanese and accept donations only by bank transfer (no credit cards).

Miyagi Prefecture  - Japanese only

Separate funds have been created to help victims of the disaster and to support reconstruction efforts.  

Iwate Prefecture Japanese only

To donate, please view instructions here.  

Fukushima Prefecture (English)

The website is also available in JapaneseChinese and Korean. See the donation instructions in English and Japanese.

Ibaraki Prefecture – As of March 18, 2011, Ibaraki Prefecture has no emergency fund in place.

MEDICAL

The elderly in particular are struggling due to illnesses that require constant care. 

AmeriCares

AmeriCares and its relief workers in Japan are working to deliver medicine and supplies to hospitals, shelters and health responders to treat and care for survivors. 

International Medical Corps

International Medical Corps' emergency response team is assessing the post-disaster needs of isolated coastal villages north of Sendai that have yet to receive humanitarian assistance. They found acute shortages of food, water and some medicines, and survivors in need of mental health support.

NGOs

Japanese Red Cross

Japanese Red Cross teams are already in the field helping those in need. 

Want to act now, please text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 for the recovery efforts OR click on the Donate to Japan button at the bottom of this page.

Peace Winds Japan

Peace Winds, whose response to the disaster was immediate, is cooperating with other organizations to provide shelters and emergency supplies in the hard-hit Kesennuma area. 

Salvation Army

Salvation Army teams in Sendai and Mito are distributing meals and supplies to evacuees. 

Convoy of Hope

Convoy of Hope reports shipping 50,000 meals from the Philippines to Japan. Supplies are being sent to partners in Japan to be distributed to evacuation shelters and national churches.



CHILDREN

Over 100,000 children have been displaced from their homes as a result of the recent events in Japan. The following groups focus on seeing to the needs of these children and their families and/or caretakers.

Save the Children

Donations to the Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund will exclusively be used to help provide disaster relief and support for Japanese children. In addition to immediate relief, this fund will help support long-term recovery plans to restore education and child care in Japanese communities ravaged by the disasters. Save the Children teams are in Sendai to help children affected by the earthquake and tsunami, and are in the process of setting up child-friendly spaces. These are protective play areas that help relieve the anxiety faced by children and allow them to spend time with other children and play while being supervised by responsible adults. The play areas also give parents much needed time that they can dedicate to finding food sources, work, accommodation and locating other friends and family.

World Vision Japan (Japanese site) and World Vision USA (English)

Blankets, bottled water, and sanitary and hygiene supplies are among the items in World Vision's distribution to assist more than 6,000 people in urgent need in Minami Sanriku, where 9,600 townspeople have been displaced into 40 shelters.

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