Japan earthquake and tsunami resources

A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake and a powerful tsunami devastated the northeast coast of Japan on Friday afternoon, leaving hundreds dead and triggering waves that threatened coastlines as far as California. Here you'll find information on where to obtain emergency alerts and assistance and how you can help.

How to find people

Google People Finder
Use the tool to locate or post information about people located in areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami.

U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs
For concerns about a specific U.S. citizen in Japan: JapanEmergencyUSC@state.gov
For concerns about a specific U.S. citizen in the Tsunami zone outside of Japan: PacificTsunamiUSC@state.gov


How to find general information

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
The site from the National Weather Service has the latest updates on tsunami warnings for the coastal regions near the Pacific Ocean, including Japan, Hawaii and the western United States.

U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs
For travel alerts, contact the U.S. State Department using the information below:
For calls from within the U.S.: 1-888-407-4747
For calls from outside the U.S.: 1-202-501-4444

TBStv on UStream
The Japanese television network is broadcasting live on the Web.

Humanitarian Early Warning Service
Updates on disasters around the world


How to find shelter

Hawaii State Civil Defense
The government Web site has information on local evacuation centers and disaster preparedness.

Map of shelters in Japan. View the full map here.


How you can donate and help

American Red Cross

The Red Cross is currently accepting both monetary and blood donations for victims of the natural disaster. You can also Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the organization.

Charity Navigator
The crowdsourced resource for evaluating charities, has created a page dedicated to organizations working to help those affected by the tsunami and earthquake.

The group is the largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations and lists many ways to help on its site.

International Medical Corps
The organization is sending relief teams and supplies to the area.

Save the Children
The relief effort providing food, medical care and education to children is accepting donations through mobile phones by texting JAPAN to 20222 to donate $10. People can also call 1-800-728-3843 during business hours.

Global Giving
The non-profit which works through grassroots efforts says Americans can text JAPAN to 50555 to give $10 through their phone bill.

Network for Good
The aggregator of charities has a list of programs and ways to donate to relief efforts.


Latest tweets

Recent messages from Twitter users close to the disaster. Follow the The Post's curated list here.


Current time in Japan:

The Washington Post. March 11, 2011.