Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Efforts Underway

Last Friday, March 11, 2011, Sendai, Japan was devastated by a 9.0 MW earthquake followed by a powerful tsunami that decimated the lives and homes of thousands of people.  The earthquake also triggered a series of other catastrophic events including a dam collapse and extensive damage to a group of nuclear power plants in Fukushima, with fear mounting in the region.

I have a personal connection with Sendai, having lived there for a year and developed long-lasting familial relationships with a host family and very close friends there.  My heart and prayers go out to the people of Japan.  This catastrophe reminds me of the brevity of life and the importance of expressing thanks and love to those around you and living life to the fullest because we never know when our last moments will be.

For those of you who are looking for ways to support the reconstruction efforts in Japan, here are a few resources:

  1. The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) has established a fund to help the victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011. 100% of the donations will go directly towards citizen relief efforts in the most affected areas.
  2. You can donate through the Red Cross website, or call (888) 4HELPBAY.
  3. You can donate through the Salvation Army, call (800) SAL-ARMY, or text the word “Quake” or “Japan” to 80888 to donate $10.

Also, AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, T-Mobile and Sprint are helping out individuals who are trying to reach Japan-based friends and family in the aftermath of the recent earthquake by providing free calling to the country.  For those of you, like me, who have connections and family in Japan, click HERE to find out more about this service.

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