A massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit northeast Japan on Friday afternoon, triggering a destructive tsunami that tore through the coast of Sendai. Current estimates report casualties at around 300, and many more missing.
For us outside of Japan we can offer no physical help, so contributing to disaster aid/relief organizations is the next best option. Here’s a useful list compiled by Time Out Tokyo :
American Red Cross
Canpan Fields (Japanese NPO)
Save the Children
Non-Believers Giving Aid (scroll down the page for Japan earthquake relief)
NGO Jen (in English and Japanese)
International Medical Corps
A quick check with some of my friends in Tokyo yesterday had them saying it was the strongest quake they have ever felt, but thankfully everyone was shaken but otherwise unharmed. I’ve experienced numerous quakes in my six years of stay in Tokyo but the one yesterday must have been many, many times stronger. In mid 2009 I also visited Matsushima Bay in Miyagi, Sendai, close where yesterday’s quake epic centre was located – how the shorelines there look now I fear to imagine.
Let’s hope the worst is over, and may Japan get back on its feet soon.