I have turned the donation resources at the bottom of this post into a permanent page in the top link – please check there for any future updates. – Japan Donation Resources
My hopes are with the people of Japan in this horrifying time. Please take a moment to spare a thought for the culture that brought a lot of us together and the people who have lost their lives, loved ones, or homes.
If you are trying to get in touch with someone in Japan and are not having success, Google has set up a Person Finder service or you can browse the Red Cross survivor index
Live news stream from MBS, in Japanese. The beeping in the background is the aftershock alert.
Wikipedia article – may not be the most reliable source currently due to constant updates
CNN’s Live blogging of the Earthquake and subsequent aftershocks and tsunamis for Day 1
CNN’s Live blogging of the Earthquake and subsequent aftershocks and tsunamis for Day 2
Seismic activity map of the quake
Photos from the Globe and Mail
Shocking before and after photos – these really help show the devastation, if you’re wondering why such a large, developed nation desperately needs help right now.
Gakuranman’s live-blogging with links to news sources, help sites, etc
If you are looking for ways to help, you can:
Donate directly to Red Cross Japan via Google Crisis Response, which also has a lot of good resources
Donate to the Red Cross USA to provide much-needed first aid, water, and medication
Donate to Doctors without Borders to provide first aid as well as more intensive trauma aid
Donate to International Medical Corps to provide first aid as well as more intensive trauma aid
Donate to Global Giving to provide water, food, clothing, and many needed resources
Donate to ShelterBox to provide boxes of life-sustaining shelter supplies such as tents and camp stoves to survivors
If you are in Canada, Air Miles has set up a service where you can donate 200 Air Miles and they will give 25$ to the Red Cross.
Donate to Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support to help the often-forgotten and silent victims of natural disasters, the wildlife, pets, animals in zoos, etc.
George Takei (Sulu from the original Star Trek) is posting all sorts of links and donation resources on Twitter
The Poster Cause Project has a wonderful collection of original themed art prints, with proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders to aid their work in Japan.
I have turned the design at the top of this post into an item on Zazzle, they will be sending all post-production profits from the sale of it directly to Red Cross Japan. I would like to make it clear that I get absolutely nothing from the sale of this item, so I am urging you to buy it solely for the relief efforts.
Also, my dear friend Naomi is auctioning off a few of her favourite kimono and obi ensembles, with 100% of the winnings going to Global Giving through eBay’s charity services.
View her auctions here