It’s heartbreaking to see this huge disaster unfold in Japan. The epicenter of the earthquake was the coast of my hometown, Sendai.  My immediate family there are all fine. I spoke with my mother and they  are volunteering at the local community center, helping others. But aftershocks continue and other issues are still of concern.

We appreciate your messages and thoughts. We’re hoping for a speedy and safe recovery. We are confident that Japan will overcome this crisis.

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From the New York Times

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: How to Help

Updated March 12 | For readers interested in contributing to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan and the Pacific region, here is a list of contact information and links for some agencies that plan to provide relief. (The New York Times does not certify the charities’ fund allocations or administrative costs. More information about giving, for this and other causes, is available online from the GuideStar database on nonprofit agencies and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.)

Locating Loved Ones

If you are looking for information on people in the quake zone, Google has opened a Person Finder page.

Ushahidi, a crowdsourcing mapping tool, has set up a local platform for Japan that allows people in the area affected by the earthquake to text the location of people who may be trapped in damaged buildings.

Inquiries concerning U.S. citizens living or traveling in Japan should be referred to the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-888-407-4747 or 202 647-5225.

Aid and Charitable Organizations

Each of the following groups have set up fundraising sites specifically for the victims of Friday’s earthquake and tsunami.

Red Cross officials say donors can text REDCROSS to 90999 and a $10 donation will automatically be charged to donor’s phone bill, or donations can be made directly on its Web site.

Information is available on the organization’s Web site.

CARE is one of the world’s largest private international humanitarian organizations. Their offices in Asia are on high alert and have ensured that staff are informed of the tsunami warnings and other related developments.

GlobalGiving is working with International Medical Corps, Save the Children, and other organizations on the ground to disburse funds to organizations providing relief and emergency services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami. Donors can text JAPAN to 50555 to give $10, and larger increments can be submitted on GlobalGiving’s Web site.

Information is available on the organization’s Web site.

Information is available on the organization’s Web site.

The Salvation Army has been providing food and shelter to Tokyo commuters who were stranded when public transportation was interrupted by the earthquake. They are to send a team to Sendai, a city about 250 miles Tokyo, to assess the situation there. Text JAPAN or QUAKE to 80888 to make a $10 donation. (Make sure to respond “YES” to the Thank You message you receive.) Donations can also be made on the organization’s Web site or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

To make a donation, visit Save the Children’s Web site, call 1-800-728-3843, or text JAPAN to 20222 to donate $10.

SHELTERBOX.ORG is a disaster-relief organization that focuses on providing survival materials such as tents and cooking equipment to families displaced by disasters.

Information is available on the organization’s Web site or by calling (212) 836-1486.