Japan has been hit by a enormeous series of earthquakes and a massive tsunami has struck the northeast side of Honshu. As a result, many people lost their homes and families, and entire villages have been wiped off the map, with almost 9000 people missing at this moment and almost 5000 people confirmed dead.
Our thoughts go out to those in need, and we sincerely hope that the tremors and aftershocks subside, so Japan can start with rebuilding that what has been lost materially, and mourn those who died.
The Japanese government has officially asked for help from the rest of the world, and several efforts have been started for fundraising and gathering goods, like blankets, food, fuel and other things needed for daily life. A special live broadcast of Hello Japan!
is planned come Saturday for Japan relief; if you live in the Amstelveen area, don't miss it on RTV Amstelveen.
If you want to do something but don't know what, make sure you pick a charity with little overhead. For instance, it's possible to donate to the Japanese Red Cross directly. Google Crisis Response
has some donation fields.
For information about what's really happening, we recommend NHK
(in Japanese), Yokosonews
or the blog of Gakuranman
. If you want to know more about what's happening at the power plant in Fukushima, we recommend checking the independent IAEA.org
Hang in there, Japan; we're with you, we're thinking about you.