A massive 8.9 earthquake hit Japan's northeastern coast on Friday, March 11, 2011, unleashing a 23-foot (7-meter) tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland. The quake was followed by more than 50 aftershocks for hours, many of them of more than magnitude 6.0.
It ranks as one of the most powerful earthquakes in the world of the last century. The most recent death toll is at 600, with reports from CNN stating that 9,500 people are unaccounted for in Minamisanriku, Japan, and Kyodo.
Anyone watching the news footage will certainly be searching for a way to help through local relief outlets. Here are some ways to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and others throughout the Pacific:
- INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS - Sending relief teams and supplies to the area. Call 1-800-481-4462, or visit internationalmedicalcorps.org.
- SAVE THE CHILDREN - The relief effort providing food, medical care and education to children is accepting donations through mobile phones by texting JAPAN to 20222 to donate $10. People can also call 1-800-728-3843 during business hours or visit www.savethechildren.org/japanquake to donate online.
- GLOBAL GIVING - The non-profit which works through grassroots efforts says Americans can text JAPAN to 50555 to give $10 through their phone bill. Or visit http://www.globalgiving.org/.
- INTERACTION - The group is the largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations and lists many ways to help on its site, www.interaction.org.
- NETWORK FOR GOOD - The aggregator of charities has a list of programs and ways to donate to relief efforts. Visit www.networkforgood.org.
- WORLD VISION - The Christian humanitarian organization focuses on children, aiming to lessen the emotional and psychological damage that many children suffer during crises. To donate, visit www.worldvision.org.