GET UPDATES AND FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN HELP!
On Thursday, April 14, the island of Kyushu in southwestern Japan was hit by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake followed by an M7.3 quake on Saturday—with many aftershocks in the days following.The number of deaths, injuries and people left without food and shelter continues to rise.
Regardless of your location, there are a number of ways that you can stay up-to-date on the situation, find support and help in the ongoing disaster relief effort. Urgent Information & Relief A list of local resources for information on what’s happening in the region.
- Kumamoto City homepage
- Kumamoto City International Center
- Kumamoto International group Facebook page (responds to questions in English)
- A multilingual page from the RESPECT organization at Osaka University. Situation reports and information in English, Bahasa Indonesian, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Arabic, French and Japanese
- Google Person Finder
Money Donations Most services recommend sending money as it will be administered by professionals in the field who can ensure that it is used for exactly the right purpose. However, as we have listed below, there are plenty of other ways to help as well.
- Japanese Red Cross Society
- Second Harvest Japan
Room Donations Airbnb is running appeals to people who have spare apartments or individual room space to lend for free, as well as a registry for those in need of a place to stay. Support & Medical Services A list of organizations to which you can donate by giving time or your services.
- International Medical Corps
- Second Harvest
- Blood donation Call the Japan Red Cross Society at 03-3437-7081 (don’t forget to check guidelines for blood donor eligibility)