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Mar 12 2011

2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Resources

Written by Nippon Sekai   
Saturday, 12 March 2011

Various resources for the 2011 Japan (Tohoku region) earthquake and tsunami.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Beware of scams regarding donations for this disaster. Only donate to reputable organizations with a known track record (ones I've listed below have a track record). I would highly recommend the Red Cross as they already have assets in Japan. On Google's Crisis Response page for the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami is an area where you may donate (in yen) directly to the Japanese Red Cross. The American Red Cross (as of this posting) has a radio button specifically for the Japanese earthquake and Pacific tsunami (which means a portion of those funds may be used for those affected by the tsunami in Hawaii and on the west coast of the US). According to this press release, the American Red Cross will be working to send funds to the Japanese Red Cross which has indicated that it would accept financial support for the relief effort.

Note that what will be needed immediately in the relief efforts (as of this posting) is money for food, water, clothing, hygenic supplies, and shelter for those affected. As such, it makes sense to donate money to reputable organizations which have the logistics in place in Japan to get this help to where it is needed as quickly as possible. Even though it may seem helpful, it makes very little sense to send the actual physical item due to the logistics involved in dealing with them (an organization would need to collect them, find a way to transport them, then find a way to distribute these to where they are most needed which unfortunately is resource intensive and time consuming). Doctors Without Borders is currently NOT accepting specific donations for their Japanese relief efforts as they are currently drawing from unrestricted donations given to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Thus one may still donate to the organization but it will not be earmarkable for just this disaster (if you are concerned about where your donation is going).

I've included some links to resources that might be helpful. The following links will all open up in their own page where you can clearly see the actual web site (regardless, for charities asking for donations, please do your own verification by navigating to the sites home page from there).

Map of evacuation centers, water and food distribution centers

NHK's 24 hour english language stream linked here: NHK World via JIB-TV

This site provides status of train service in the Kanto region (English translation done by volunteers)

Prime Minister's Office of Japan (status updates on Facebook)

Japan Quake Map (site which shows all quakes that have occurred since the two foreshocks leading to the great quake and after)

Japan Geigermap (crowd-sourced radiation geiger counter readings from across Japan)

Japan Meteorological Agency portal for the 2011 off the Pacific coast Tohoku Earthquake

Tokyo University Earthquake Research Institute (ERI) site for the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake

The Japan Times Tohoku-Kanto earthquake news and resources

Another way to support the relief efforts is by purchasing QuakeBook (all proceeds go to the JRC) - A Twitter-sourced charity book about how the Japanese Earthquake at 2:46 on March 11 2011 affected us all. Raising money for the Japan Red Cross.


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