Welcome to Donation: Japan

Thank you very much for your willingness to lend a hand in this time of need.

If you click on our ‘Donate now’ button at the top of this page, you will be given the option of either the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies or the Japanese Red Cross. On either site, you will be able to donate whatever amount you wish to the Japanese disaster relief efforts. If you would like more information about the IFRC, please visit their official website at http://www.ifrc.org.

While we understand the desire to give physical goods, Japan is in dire need of the monetary assistance to help pay for blankets, hot food, medical supplies, and shelters. Especially when providing assistance from around the world, this enables workers to source the necessary supplies as quickly as possible. With this show of support, we can help Japan and the global community out of this crisis.

Since the Tōhoku earthquake and resulting tsunami, the Japanese National Police Agency has officially confirmed 8,450 deaths, 2,701 injured, and 12,909 people missing across eighteen prefectures, as well as over 125,000 buildings damaged or destroyed since the events on 11 March 2011. Around 4.4 million households in northeastern Japan were left without electricity and 1.5 million without water. Many electrical generators were taken down, and at least three nuclear reactors suffered explosions due to hydrogen gas that had built up within their outer containment buildings. On 18 March, International Atomic Energy Agency Chief Yukiya Amano described the crisis as ‘extremely serious’. Residents within a 20 km (12 mi) radius of the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant and a 10 km (6 mi) radius of the Fukushima II Nuclear Power Plant were evacuated.

Estimates of the Tōhoku earthquake’s magnitude make it the most powerful known earthquake to hit Japan, and one of the five most powerful earthquakes in the world since modern record-keeping began in 1900. Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said that ‘in the 65 years after the end of World War II, this is the toughest and the most difficult crisis for Japan.’ The earthquake moved Honshu 2.4 m (7.9 ft) east and shifted the Earth on its axis by almost 10 cm (3.9 in). Early estimates placed insured losses from the earthquake alone at US$14.5 to $34.6 billion.

If you know of specific charities or are involved with specific charities that are dealing with the crisis in Japan, send an e-mail to donationjapan@gmail.com with the name of the charity and its URL.

Thank you once again for visiting. And thank you for joining us in bringing an end to Japan’s global crisis.

Sources: Wikipedia.org, RussiaToday, IFRC

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