As taken from Wikipedia:
The 2011 Sendai earthquake and tsunami was an 8.9 to 9.1-MW megathrust earthquake off the coast of Japan that occurred at 05:46 UTC (14:46 local time) on 11 March 2011.
News reports indicate that more than 1000 people have died. The earthquake caused extensive damage in Japan, including heavy damage to roads and railways as well as fires in many areas, and a dam collapse. Around 1.4 million households in northeastern Japan were left without electricity and 3.8 million without water. Many electrical generators were taken down, and at least two nuclear reactors were damaged, which prompted evacuations of the affected areas, and a state of emergency was established. The Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant experienced an explosion almost 24 hours after the initial earthquake; however, the blast was in an area not containing radioactive materials. Residents within a 20-kilometer (12 mi) radius of the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant and a 10-kilometer (6.2 mi) radius of the Fukushima II Nuclear Power Plant were evacuated.
The estimates of the Sendai earthquake’s magnitude would make it the largest earthquake to hit Japan and one of the five largest earthquakes in the world since modern record-keeping began. It is thought to have been the largest earthquake within the boundaries of the North American and Pacific tectonic plates in 1,200 years.
Japanese people needs your help and we urge the readers of this Blog to kindly donate wholeheartedly.
This Post contains information for those people who are willing to help Japanese People by means of their valuable donations. You can donate to American Red Cross either Online or via Text (SMS).
A bit about American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join the blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
Following are the donation options available:
- As per the Status published on the Official Twitter Page of American Red Cross, Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to Japan earthquake & Pacific Tsunami relief.
- If you want to donate Online, than you can head over to THIS PAGE on the Official Website of American Red Cross
Apart from American Red Cross, you can also donate to Global Giving Online. For more listings and other donation options available, please visit following listing pages:
Please Beware of scammers, fraudulent sites:
Don’t give your valuable donations to strangers who contact you by e-mail or on the phone. If you’ve never heard of a charity, check to see if it is listed on Charity Navigator, which evaluates the financial health and efficiency of more than 5,500 organizations. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the FBI reported that 4,000 scamming charity sites were created to take advantage of generous donors. To ensure you are not scammed, the FBI suggests:
Avoid cash donations if possible. Pay by debit or credit card, or write a check directly to the charity. Do not make checks payable to individuals.
If you have received a suspicious e-mail, or have been contacted by someone claiming to be a victim of a disaster and you are skeptical, the FBI suggests that you contact the Internet Crime Complaint Center at http://www.ic3.gov.
Note: If you are unable donate via Text (SMS), than you can go for Online Donations using your Credit Card or use various other Resources which are mentioned in the listings above.
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