Links for earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan

Photo of earthquake and tsunami damage in Sendai Japan

Right before 3p.m. Friday (March 11), Japan was hit by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake, the strongest quake in at least 100 years, followed by massive tsunamis striking it’s coastal cities. Hundreds were killed and thousands have been displaced. The nation is in dire need of international support. Here’s how you can help:

Donate to the Red Cross
They have relief stations located across the country that will assist with citizen evacuation and medical needs.

Help find loved ones
From the Red Cross:Inquiries concerning U.S. citizens living or traveling in Japan should be referred to the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-888-407-4747 or 202 647-5225.

Stay Informed & Spread the word
The Hawaii Red Cross is tweeting national announcements from Japan and instructions on how to find U.S. citizens in in the area. You can also use the hashtag #hitsunami to request help or keep others informed on how to help.

Most disaster relief organizations are advising against sending care packages, food, or clothing to the area at this time. Your $5 or $10 will go a much longer way. You can find additional donation options on Network For Good.

***From MTV