Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Crisis in Japan

Photo Credit: Lady Gaga, We Pray for Japan

On Friday, March 11, 2011, an 8.9 magnitude earthquake rocked the east coast of Japan, followed by a tsunami with waves 30 feet high.  This megaquake shifted Japan 13 feet closer to the United States, tilted the Earth by 6.5 inches, and shortened the length of the day by 1.8 microseconds.  Natural disasters like these cannot be accurately predicted or avoided, but we need to band together to help those in need.  The waves that shook Japan also hit New Zealand and California, causing a great deal of damage and worry all over the world.  For an on-the-scene look at the path of the tsunami in Japan, visit this video (on Facebook), uploaded by a person watching the news footage as it broke.

With great tragedy comes great responsibility, and there are plenty of ways you can help:
  • The American Red Cross is asking for blood and money donations to the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund.  Learn the latest news on their Disaster Alert website.  
  • In a hurry?  Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 through your phone carrier.  For more details, see their mobile website.
  • Looking for someone?  View the Person Finder on Google to share information.
  • Love to eat?  Dine at Takami Sushi, where the restaurant is donating 100% (100%!) of their profits to the Red Cross Japanese Relief Fund.  Other restaurants have also stepped up to donate a percentage of your purchase: BOA Steakhouse, Sushi Roku, Katana, Robata Bar, Delphine, and the LA Sake Festival.  Learn more at LAweekly.com.
  • World Vision is collecting donations for their Japan Quake and Tsunami Relief fund.
  • UNICEF is also raising funds, which is unusual as Japan is actually one of their donors.  Learn more at their website or text JAPAN to 864233 to quickly donate $10 through your phone carrier.
  • Purchase a Hide & Seek Clothing t-shirt to donate to a variety of organizations helping the relief efforts, including the Red Cross and Global Giving.
  • Buy a $5 "WE PRAY FOR JAPAN" bracelet through Lady Gaga to donate to the relief fund.

Do you have other suggestions of ways to help?  Contact us or post in the comments below.

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