The quake and subsequently devastating tsunami in Japan has readers and viewers around the world reeling. It's a terrifying spectacle, for sure—but it's important to stay calm and take action. Here's how to stay updated, and help out:
If you're worried about an American citizen in Japan (or are one), contact the US Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-888-407-4747, 202 647-5225, or send an email to JapanEmergencyUSC@state.gov.
• Google has put together an earthquake Crisis Response page for those in Japan, including local weather warnings, disaster bulletin boards, and blackout warnings.
• If you have information about anyone missing in Japan or are concerned with one's whereabouts in the midst of this disaster, Google has put up a searchable Person Finder database.
• The International Red Cross and Red Crescent says the Japanese Red Cross hasn't asked for assistance yet, but keep your eyes on their site for ways to potentially help with the relief efforts soon.
• The US National Weather Service has issued a tsunami warning for the entire Pacific coast and Hawaii. Check back here frequently for the latest domestic emergency bulletins.
• The US Geological Survey is another great resource for staying current, if you're in an affected area of the West Coast.
• Save the Children is already accepting donations for the relief efforts aimed at Japanese families and kids in affected regions.
We'll update this post with more ways to both help and stay informed as we find them. In the meantime, to our readers in Japan, the West coast, and everywhere in between—please stay safe. We're thinking of you. Feel free to comment below on your reactions to the crisis, and any further informational resources you've found.