Shortly before 3 p.m. Friday (March 11), Japan was hit by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake--the world's largest quake since 1900--followed by a massive tsunami that struck its coastal cities. Thousands were killed and hundreds of thousands have been displaced. The nation is in dire need of international support. Here's how you can help:
Donate to the Red Cross
They have relief stations located across the country that will assist with citizen evacuation and medical needs.
Help find loved ones
From the Red Cross: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.
Stay Informed and Spread the word
The Hawaii Red Cross is tweeting national announcements from Japan and instructions on how to find U.S. citizens in the area. You can also use the hashtag #hitsunami to request help or keep others informed on how to help. DoSomething.org is asking anyone who can't donate to fold and upload a picture of a paper crane to show your support for those affected by this disaster.
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.