In the wake of the massive earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale that struck Japan early Friday morning, the country is in a state of emergency. A chain reaction of disaster, including tsunamis, toppling buildings and bridges, fires, and concern over a large-scale nuclear meltdown is just the beginning of what will be a painstaking rebuilding process, which will require billions of dollars and years of time to complete. The estimated damage is twice that of Hurricane Katrina, just to give you some idea of the scale of this disaster.
You can help.
Remember that everything you give, no matter how small, helps immensely.
- Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 and help with their efforts or donate to the Red Cross effort online.
- The Salvation Army effort includes teams on the ground in Japan. Read about their progress and donate to the cause here.
- Contribute online to Doctors Without Borders to help with injury and medical assistance on the ground.
- Charity Navigator has a list of other contributing charities and how to give and assign your contribution to where it is most needed.
- Also, here's an excellent article on how to make sure you're giving in the right way.
Japan might be far away, but they're a country in crisis. As a world citizen, you owe it to yourself to remain informed about what's going on. Don't rely on second-hand information. Stay in the loop.
- CNN has a news feed dedicated to the disaster.
- BoingBoing has done a ton of quality work keeping up with the news from Japan.
- NHK stream of news live from Japan with English translation.
We at G4TV.com are deeply saddened by the disaster, not just because a great deal of our business is conducted with Japanese game companies, but because a great deal of our culture and what we do every day is due in large part to the contribution that Japanese culture makes to the world.
Please, join us in spreading the word and making a difference.