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450,000 In Shelters, Help Japan’s Tsunami Survivors Now

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Members of the Ground Self-Defense Forces walk through an area damaged by tsunami (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)

An 8.9  magnitude earthquake hit Japan Friday and caused a series of tsunamis wiping out miles of Japan’s coastline communities. The rush of water erased entire cities leaving a reported 450,000 people in shelters. Fresh water supplies and electricity are scarce in many regions. To make matters worse, a fear of a nuclear meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi’s nuclear reactor grips much of Japan. An explosion caused by the quake has reeked havoc on the reactor.

Please help us support the disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific. We’ve got a few ways that you can help right now.


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Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief: Click to make your donation now!

AMERICAN RED CROSS: Emergency Operation Centers are opened in the affected areas and staffed by the chapters. This disaster is on a scale larger than the Japanese Red Cross can typically manage. Donations to the American Red Cross can be allocated for the International Disaster Relief Fund, which then deploys to the region to help. Donate here.

GLOBALGIVING: Established a fund to disburse donations to organizations providing relief and emergency services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami. Donate here.

SAVE THE CHILDREN: Mobilizing to provide immediate humanitarian relief in the shape of emergency health care and provision of non-food items and shelter. Donate here.

SALVATION ARMY: The Salvation Army has been in Japan since 1895 and is currently providing emergency assistance to those in need. Donate here.

AMERICARES: Emergency team is on full alert, mobilizing resources and dispatching an emergency response manager to the region. Donate here.

CONVOY OF HOPE: Disaster Response team established connection with in-country partners who have been impacted by the damage and are identifying the needs and areas where Convoy of Hope may be of the greatest assistance. Donate here.

INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS: Putting together relief teams, as well as supplies, and are in contact with partners in Japan and other affected countries to assess needs and coordinate our activities. Donate here.

SHELTER BOX: The first team is mobilizing to head to Japan and begin the response effort. Donate here.

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Thanks to Lili Ladaga at Yahoo News for compiling this list.

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