How to Help the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Victims

Find ways to donate to, support and keep informed on the relief effort in Japan.

Japan Earthquak and Tsunami

On the Web:

Network For Good lets you choose your charity and donate through its website.

Google has launched a version of its Person Finder tool specifically for those who are trying to find or have information about earthquake survivors. You can access it here. For those in Japan who can’t register Google Person Finder, the company is encouraging those who are at a shelter or evacuation center to take photos of lists of people who are currently there and email them to [email protected] with the shelter’s name in the subject line.

On Your Mobile Phone

This list from hows how you can give $10 to various relief organizations by texting to the numbers below:

Text “JAPAN” or “TSUNAMI” to 20222 to donate $10 to Save the Children—90% of all expenditures at this non-profit goes to program services

Text “4JAPAN” or “4TSUNAMI” to 20222 to donate $10 to World Vision, Inc., a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization that works with children, families and communities in need.

Text “MERCY” to 25283 to donate $10 to Mercy Corps, which focuses on disaster response, sustainable economic development, and health services.

Text “SUPPORT” to 85944 to donate $10 to ADRA Relief, the Seventh Day Adventist charitable initiative whose emergency management initiatives provide aid to disaster survivors.

Text “MED” to 80888 to donate $10 to Assist International Medical Corps, a group dedicated to relieving the suffering of those impacted by war, natural disaster and disease

Text “JAPAN” to 80888
to donate $10 to the Salvation Army, which has three emergency service relief teams working in areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami

Text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to donate $10 the American Red Cross and help fund it’s team of 400 doctors, nurses and support staff on the ground in Japan.

On Facebook

The Red Cross also has a Facebook page where you can donate amounts up to $500. You can also give to this organization at the iTunes store.

According to, if you “like”’s “Dog Bless You” Facebook page, the organization’s founder, will donate $1 up to $100,000 to fund search and rescue dogs in Japan.

On Twitter

Here are some relevant hash tags, also from
#Jishin focuses around general earthquake information
#Anpi helps confirm safety of individuals or places
#Hinan provides evacuation information
#311care has information on medical care for the victims
#PrayforJapan: A general hashtag for support and best wishes for victims of the crisis

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest