Japan Earthquake / Tsunami / Volcano / Nuclear Disaster Relief

Times are pretty overwhelming in north-eastern Japan right now. There was the March 11 Sendai earthquake (the largest in the country’s history) and the subsequent tsunami. Then came the ongoing nuclear disaster at Fukushima. Now, on March 15, there’s been the eruption of a volcano in Miyazaki, and a second, totally unrelated earthquake in Shizuoka (though this one not nearly as serious as the first).

As some of you reading this may know, I have strong connections to Japan. My wife is the Japanese artist and model-maker, Machiko Weston, and I lived there from 2002 to 2004. We’ve been watching NHK and feeling pretty helpless as the disasters mount.

That said, there is a simple way to help. If you’re able to donate money to the relief effort, please do. I would say that the most direct route would be through the Japanese Red Cross, but according to their website they are having some difficulty managing the enormous number of donations.

Depending on where you live, the best choice may be to donate locally to your domestic Red Cross. Here are some links:

Canada – CBC relief site with various charities

United States – American Red Cross

United Kingdom – UK Red Cross’ Japan Tsunami Appeal

Japan – Japanese Red Cross

In the meantime, hope everyone reading this is well.

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4 THOUGHTS TO " Japan Earthquake / Tsunami / Volcano / Nuclear Disaster Relief "

  1. Susan Olding says:

    Thanks for posting this, Rob. I had been wondering which charity to choose for exactly the reason you mentioned. It’s great to get the links here all together.

  2. These links are excellent, Rob. Do you mind if I copy them to my blog? I think this is good information to spread around; a lot of people are probably wondering what they can do.

  3. Spread it around, Ishta, please do.

  4. For people looking for online trusted donation, they can visit Japan Relief page dedicated to help survivors of Japan Earthquake and Tsunami by donating to trusted non-profits listed there.