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Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan: How to Help [Updated]

Here's what you can do, right now, to help with disaster response and relief efforts in Japan.

Updated, Wednesday March 16, 2011, 7:20am ET: Like most compassionate citizens around the world, we all woke up this morning, saw the news of the disaster in Japan, were devastated, and then wondered: how can we help?

Here's a roundup of ways that you can help those in need—with money or other donations, with time and energy, with volunteer hours, coding skills, or anything else that one could contribute.

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Google People Finder, Ushahidi Crisis Mapping Software Launched for Japan Earthquake Earthquake in Japan: Help Google and Ushahidi Rescue Trapped Citizens and Reunite Families

Here's how you can help find missing people, or let the world know someone is safe through Google and Ushahidi's crisis maps.



The most urgent need in the aftermath of the earthquake off the coast of Japan is to find people who are trapped, and connect citizens who are safe with their worrying family, friends, and loved ones. As Japan mobilizes a massive emergency relief and aid response to the 8.9 magnitude earthquake, technology companies are springing into action, applying lessons from the earthquake in Haiti. Google's People Finder and Ushahidi's crisis map are two critical online tools that can, respectively, help reunite loved ones and save lives of citizens who are still trapped.

Google has launched a "People Finder" app they hastily created created after the Haiti earthquake. You enter the name of a person who is missing—in either English or Japanese—or the name of a person you have information about. So, if you hear someone is safe who might be hard for their loved ones to reach, enter their name here to calm some anxious minds. If you have a website here's the code to embed in your site or adapt as you can so more people know this is an option.

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