Thursday, March 24, 2011

Support the People of Japan

On March 11, 2011, Japan was struck with a violent earthquake of 8.9 magnitude, which was then shortly followed by a Tsunami. Together both caused severe damage to the country killing thousands and leaving millions seriously affected. Approximately 13,000 individuals have been confirmed dead or reported missing. Temporary shelters have been created for those who have lost their homes, however these shelters are amid freezing temperatures. There are currently 450,000 people in these shelters.

Furthermore, Japan is now facing a nuclear crisis due to explosions caused by the earthquake and Tsunami at the Fukushima nuclear plant. The World Bank issued a report saying the damage from Japan's earthquake and tsunami could amount to as much as $235 billion. Rebuilding Japan after this destruction has been reported to take at least five years.

It has been reported that foreign countries are preparing for their citizens to leave Japan - the first planeload of Americans has already left. Last week, the U.S. government chartered a flight evacuating one hundred American nationals.

Although it has been reported that Japan was a well prepared country for such intense national disasters, the country needs all the support it can get. Please support Japan while they face these humanitarian crises. Use this Google Response page to donate to the victims in Japan:

You can donate through a number of organizations including the Japanese Red Cross Society, International Medical Corps, UNICEF, and Save the Children.

With today’s technological advances, you can also donate through your mobile devices. Here are a few options:

Text JAPAN to 20222 To donate $10 to Save The Children
Text MERCY to 25283 To donate $10 to Mercy Corps
Text REDCROSS to 90999 To donate $10 to American Red Cross
Text 4JAPAN to 20222 To donate $10 to World Vision

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