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News sources: BBC News, CNN, Wall Street Journal Asia, Associated Press
The most powerful earthquake to hit Japan in recorded history, struck on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 2:46pm local time. The earthquake was a magnitude of 8.9 and struck Northeastern Japan about 370km (230 miles) northeast of Tokyo. This was the most powerful earthquake on record to hit Japan and the 5th worst in the world over the past century.
The earthquake caused blackouts, fires, and a 30-foot tsunami with waves that reached 10km (6 miles) inland on Japan's east coast and rolled across the Pacific at 800km (500 mph). Over 4,000 have died and more than 8,000 people are reported missing. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced from this disaster. Strong aftershocks continue nearly one week after the first earthquake, shaking areas hundreds of miles south and west from the epicenter.
The US government is working closely with the government of Japan to provide assistance. Our NGO partners are also on the ground in Japan, ready to assist as they are needed. Please help our NGO partners provide much needed emergency relief to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Give to Give2Asia:
Help Give2Asia respond to the immediate needs of survivors. Your donation will go towards relief efforts, as well as short-term to long-term recovery projects undertaken by the affected communities.
Give to International Medical Corps:
International Medical Corps is a leading responder bringing emergency medical care to earthquake & tsunami survivors in Japan. Please aid them in their effort.
Give to UniversalGiving's Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Relief Fund:
UniversalGiving will disburse this fund to all of our partner NGO's who are working on the ground in Japan providing support and relief to the victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami.
Give to Relief International:
Help provide immediate medical support and life-saving supplies to survivors now. Relief International is providing support to and through local doctors on the ground now working in the city of Sendai in the most devastated Miyagi Prefecture.
As more information is gathered about the specific needs of the victims, we will have additional opportunities for you to provide aid and relief to the people and places that need it. We are working with our NGO partners who are on the ground ready to help the victims and we will keep you informed about how you can continue to help as well. Thank you for your commitment to helping those in need.