Help Japan

March 12, 2011

AP photo

The powerful 8.9 magnitude earthquake has left Japan devastated, with cities in rubble and many citizens in a state of shock.  Japanese news reports that 1,300 people have been confirmed dead. Most of the dead appear to have drowned as a result of the tsunami. Tens of thousands are homeless.

The country is in chaos as rescue efforts continue. The U.S. Department of State has issued a travel alert advising U.S. citizens to avoid tourism and non-essential travel to Japan at this time.

To make matters worse there was an explosion and radiation leak at a Fukushima nuclear power plant and another  in the area is risking a meltdown. Tens of thousands of people have been moved from the area about 150 miles north of Tokyo as they try to reduce pressure in the nuclear reactors.

Offers to help with the rescue efforts have come from the U.S. Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.

Video of the devastation:

You can help the earthquake victims by donating to one of these reputable charities:

American Red Cross


Save the Children

Global Giving

International Medical Corps