Pixiv artist: えいとまん
When I was reading late Thursday night about the 8.9 mag earthquake off the coast of Japan, I had the same strange “unreal” feeling that I was gripped while following the Akihabara street incident in 2008. A few days later, I’m starting to tire of hearing local newscasts start out with updates of the natural disaster and missing persons but the same thing happened to me with the Haiti quake in early 2010. I did feel the need to give to some charities at the time and a similar urge is brewing this time around.
Red Cross and UNICEF were my standard places to give last time but there are many others. ANN has a list that includes Global Giving. Crunchyroll is matching donations up to USD $5,000 to an organization it will choose “that will best assist the on-ground efforts to aid those affected”. Japan Society has created a disaster relief fund.
Hopefully, we can make a change for the better after a turn for the worst.
Google Crisis Response page
Sacramento Bee: Give Japan its due for quake readiness
Crave blog: Twitter, Facebook vital as Japan cell networks jam
Photo gallery on the Atlantic
Boston.com Big Picture gallery
Japan Probe update with videos
NY Times’ Lede Blog updating on aftermath
ADDED: Time Out Tokyo guide on how to help