ISSUE: Humanitarian Disasters - Japan

Reuters Photo of Japanese Tsunami Survivor WeepingOn Friday, March 11th, 2011, the largest earthquake ever recorded in Japan struck just off the country's east coast. At a magnitude of 8.9, the quake triggered a massive tsunami, which has completely devastated coastal cities.


Casualities have surpassed 10,000, hundreds of thousands are homeless, and thousands more are still reported missing. Meanwhile, Japan faces a nuclear crisis as radiation leaks from power plant reactors crippled during the quake along the northeast coast.


While the need is great, so are the resources through which you can help. Browse this page for information about this disaster and to find out how you can contribute to the saving and rebuilding of lives in Japan.


Japan: Crisis in Communication Panel

Japan: Crisis in Communication Panel

Japanese media experts debate about the coverage of Japan's 2011 earthquake and tsunami in "Japan: Crisis in Communication", a panel held March 24, 2011, at American University School of Communication.

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> Calls for Action on Japan:


Give2Asia directly funds Asian charities helping with disaster recovery in Japan.


Mercy Corps

MercyCorps is helping survivors through partner org Peace Winds Japan.


Help Oxfam rush aid to those in need during these critical hours and days.


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CARE offices in Asia are on high alert as tsunami developments unfold.

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Google’s Crisis
makes critical information more accessible
during crises. 


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Save the Children is helping the small victims of Japan's earthquake and tsunami.

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American Red Cross
Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation towards relief in Japan.


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Adventist Development & Relief Agency is assessing needs and responding in Japan's worst hit areas.

> Independent Media Coverage of the Crisis in Japan:

  • NewsTrust - The highest-rated coverage of the crisis in Japan
  • Huffington Post - A collection of posts on the crisis in Japan
  • AlertNet - Reports from aid workers and the Reuters newswire
  • Atlantic Wire - Latest stories and images from the situation in Japan

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