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Earthquakes in Japan

Update: We are very grateful for the outpouring of support from the community in response to this tragedy. A few important notes:

  • The American Red Cross is not accepting volunteers to work on Japan relief efforts at this time.
  • You can support our relief efforts for the Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami relief by texting REDCROSS to 90999, or by donating online.
  • People seeking information about family members affected by the tsunami or quake can find information on our Disaster Online Newsroom.

Last night, a series of major earthquakes struck off the coast of Japan. One of these earthquakes measured 8.9 in magnitude, according to the USGS. Tsunami warnings, advisories, and watches are in effect for many areas of the world, including Hawaii and coastal areas of California, Alaska, and Washington.

You can follow the latest news in Hawaii on the Hawaii Chapter’s Twitter account.

More information on our Disaster Online Newsroom.

Our thoughts are with the people affected in Japan, and we will continue to update you on the situation as we receive more information.

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  1. I would like to volunteer to work in Oregon or one of the states of the united states for when the Tsunami hits.

  2. Please email me information about how to help the Japan Relief effort here in Yulee, FL (just north of Jacksonville). I would like to help as much as possible from here in FL. Thanks.

  3. i live in germany but am originally from Guam. i would like to know what i can do for the Pacific Region in a whole. i can take up monetary donations to start with but please let me know if further assistance is neccessary (i.e. clothing, non-parishable foods)

  4. Hello my name is hannah, i would like to volunteer to help in the disaster relief in japan. i would help clean up or distribute food and water, whatever is needed. please if theres a program or a way i can help, please let me know. thank you

  5. I live in coastal Washington State, and while the Tsumani blessedly did not affect us; I was wondering any word any been received yet damage received here in the US?

  6. Hi my name is leon, I would like to volunteer in japan same as Hannah.. please let us know how can we get involved in this situation.thanks

  7. As well as hannah and leon, I would like to know where I can get information on helping. Please let us know.

  8. since we are having some evacutions in NPB, balboa and laguna in Orange County is there a red cross set up where people or patients can go?

  9. I would also like information on helping whether it be in China or in the States. Economic times makes it tough for many to contribute monitarily but many have skills that would be useful in times like this. I have phlebotomy training and would be willing to do what I can to help in that way too if needed.

  10. my name is charles,i need info on how i can help in japan weather it be search and rescue or cleanup or whatever else needs to be done there. i have 30yrs of construction experience and able to operate heavy equipment if nessary. i am in good physical shape and am single so i can leave at anytime. japan deserves and needs our help and i would do what i can to ensure that they get it. ty

  11. I would like any information about housing people from the disasters in Japan. I will be happy to take a couple of families into my home. I am of limited means, but i will provide food and shelter. My name is Sabrina. I am married and expecting. I have two small children, I was left homeless because of hurricane Katrina. I now have my own home. It’s not huge, but i have room..or i will make room. Please let me know of any information about this. My email is sflettrich@yahoo.com or cell is 504-355-7606. Thank you.

  12. Hello my name is Harry, I am writting to request more informartion on volunteering to help in the disaster relief in japan. Distribution of survival nessesities, clean up, and rebuilding, whatever is needed. please if theres a program or a way i can help, please let me know. thank you

  13. I am an RN and would like to know about volunteering to go to Japan to help in any way.

  14. I have a pen pal of 20 years in Japan. Is there any program out there that would allow me to go to Japan to physically help clean up or offer ANY service? I feel horrible for those people and i want to take action and show them I truly care.

  15. I would like to volunteer for help relief in Japan. Anything that is needed- clean up, distribution of food/water, anything. Please let me know if there has been a program set up for this yet. I know there are a lot of people interested in volunteering over there, we would love to help and make a difference.

  16. I would like to know what I can do to help Japan. I want to know how i can send supplies or clothing to japan or even help volunteer to go to japan and distribute food and water.

  17. I would like to get information on volunteering to help in Japan. I lived in northern Japan for a while. I am willing to help with cleanup, distribution of supplies or anything else that is needed. I am in good physical condition.

  18. I speak Japanese fluently and have logistics experience, as well as military, first aid, and triage. I am willing to help in anyway that I can.

  19. Hi i would like to volunteer in japan, i can help with anything that is needed weather is search and rescue, cleanup, distribution of food and water, I speak Japanese and i have some medical assistant experience, please let me know how can i get involved thanks

  20. I am a registered nurse whose youngest sister, Vira, is stationed in Misawa, Japan and is serving with the U.S. Navy. I would like to offer my nursing skills to help out as much as I can, during this devastating disaster. I can pay my own airfare and can be ready to go on a moment’s notice.

  21. Hey, I would really like to help out in Japan with whatever is needed, be it clean up, food and water distribution, whatever. If there is a program set up please mail me back as I feel it’s an obligation to help out in this crisis.

  22. Do you have a web widget for donating money for Japan earthquake? I’d like to place it on my blog.

  23. Hello I am Jessica. My friends and I are concerned college students in Savannah, GA. We are looking for ways to give aid to Japan. Please let us know what we can do to help from Savannah

  24. My name is Ryan and like many others i would like some information on volunteering in Japan. I’m willing to do whatever is needed to help this relief effort. Thank you and I look forward to helping

  25. I really want to help out in japan. I know some people there and i was wondering if i could find a way to go over and help them clean up and fix up houses and anything else. I work very hard!! Please let me know!!

  26. My name is Ha. I would like to know information on volunteering in Japan. I am a EMT with experiences in ER, and also a medical student I am willing to apply my skills, do whatever is needed to help out in this crisis. If you have any programs in japan to help relieve this disaster, please inform me by my email.
    I am looking forward from you
    Thank you

  27. I want to help Japan to recover after earthquake. I want to become a volunteer. Is there any volunteer programs now or maybe in the future?also i have knowledges at japanese language. i really want to help Japan. please give information.

  28. I would really like to help, but I will not donate to the American Red Cross until your CEO donates back at least 1/2 the salary and benefits. It is outrageous that a supposedly charitable organization uses donations to provide a salary and benefits that are outlandish. I will, unfortunately, confine my donations to CBOs that pay a living, not a luxury, wage to their employees.

  29. My name is Jason and just like many others i would like to volunteer to go help in Japan . look forwar to hearing from somebody . Thank u

  30. I am a kindergarten teacher, originally from Holland, Ohio. I have been living/working in Sendai for 3 years. The school I work at is ok and all my coworkers are safe. I would like to help in any way I can, but I am unsure of how to make contact with someone. Please let me know what I can do to help since I am already here!

  31. Our family, like many others around our country and the world, has been truly affected emotionally by the terrible tragedy that happened in Japan. The images we have seen in regards to the incredible loss of life and destruction are so heartbreaking. We encourage everyone to make a contribution to the relief fund, as we have decided to do today. There are families there today without food and water. Families that have lost loved ones, and everything that is dear to them. God bless the volunteers that are going over to help. And God bless all that have contributed in some way or another. When disasters such as this strike, we recoginze no boundaries….and we rise to help our fellow brothers/sisters of the world community.
    God’s speed to those who are rendering help to the Japanese people. And we will continue to do all we can to help those people over there..

  32. I’m an academic in the humanities, and although I have no medical (or any other practical survival skills) I can read, write, and speak both English/Japanese. I’d like to volunteer as a translator or anything else to help speed things along.

  33. Hello my name is rich. I would like to know if there is a way that I could volunteer in japan. I have over 14 years experience as an EMT. I am also a former army medic with combat experience. And I have volunteered for the red cross before. I am currently working as an EMT and I a member of my counties EMS special operations team.

  34. I am a very able body strong guy and I would love to be able to go assit the good folks of japan during this time of need. Tragedy of this nature we must bond as a human race and work together.

  35. We all need to think about what has happened in Japan, Haiti, hurricane Catrina and so many other disasters that have happened. We need to be careful and we need to be safe. But we also need to think about the numbers of people that live there and what it takes to evacuate them and feed them in a crisis. We need to think about where they will go. There is barley any room left on the planet and we can’t keep chopping down forests and moving into animal and plant’s habitats. It is not fair to them and we are supposed to be the ones to protect nature. We need to have a population limit. There are way too many people in earth and we just keep getting bigger. The population should have stopped at a billion at most. We also need to watch the waste we have been creating. We need to stop using plastic all together. There is no room to put all the garbage nor should we put garbage into the ground, and a lot of it ends up in the oceans. We could use clay instead of plastic bottles and clay is healthy for you, lots of minerals. We need to go to healthy green ways for the environment and for future generations of people. It is completely humiliating that we can’t keep waste, nuclear or not, maintained. We need to cut our wastes. There is so much we as people need to do. We need to connect worldly and work at these changes for the good in baby steps so that we can make a cleaner, happier, healthier society.