Ninety-one countries and nine international organizations so far have offered to assist with relief efforts from last Friday's earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Here are several resources to help find victims of the disaster.
The world is watching in horror as the devastation from Japan's Earthquake and the resultant tsunami surge continues unfolding. The death toll from the disaster is expected to reach tens of thousands, and the cost from the devastation is expected to reach tens of billions of dollars.
Below are some resources for helping and finding 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami family, and victims:
Prime Minister of Japan and Cabinet - A site from the Japanese Prime Minister with several useful links and information on the country's response to the disaster.
Google Person Finder - Google launched its Person Finder to aid victims of the Japan Earthquake. People can look for people or add information they have about someone who may have been impacted by the disasters. Google also has a Crisis Response page with numerous other resources and help for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami victims.
NTT Docomo Safety Response - NTT Docomo, one of Japan's mobile-phone makers set up a message Disaster Message Board where you can enter the mobile phone number of the person you with to confirm the safety of.
KDDI Disaster Message Board - The KDDI corporation, another large telecom corporation in Japan, has created a disaster message board where people can place messages to find a friend or family member that can be confirmed by mobile phone or PC.
Japan Shelter Map - A Google map created that lists shelters for people affected by the tsunami.
Hawaii State Civil Defense - resources for prevention, protections, and rapid assistance during disasters for the state of Hawaii which includes a list of evacuation centers and refuge sites for citizens and other resources for helping find family and friends.
The Red Cross has several resources and pages dedicated helping and finding victims of the disaster:
Red Cross Shelters - The American Red Cross has a Google Maps application that allows people to find its shelters around the U.S, including California, Washington, and Oregon.
Safe and Well from The American Red Cross - a site that lets your family and friends know that you are safe and well after a disaster.
Red Cross Tsunami Checklist - The updated Red Cross Tsunami Checklist provides information on tsunami preparation and tips on what to do after a tsunami hits.
Red Cross Twitter Page - The Red Cross Twitter page provides resources for people to learn more about the tsunami and earthquakes, along with a phone number people can call to find information about friends and family that may have been affected the disaster.
Red Cross Newsroom - The Red Cross Newsroom page provides updated information on the tsunami and basic data about earthquakes.
Donations to help relief efforts in Japan
American Red Cross Donations - The American Red Cross launched a special donation page for victims of the 2011 Japan earthquakes and the tsunamis.
The Convoy of Hope has served more than 41 million people throughout the world through international children's feeding initiative, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing. The Convoy of Hope is taking donations to help disaster victims.
The Salvation Army - The Salvation Army is taking donations to help relief efforts in Japan.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration information on tsunamis and earthquakes
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has several useful references for those wanting in depth information on tsunamis, including:
The NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory - The NOAA offers several visual depictions of the tsunami and its impact around the Pacific, including a wave-height model, a view of the Pacific Ocean floor and a whole lot more.
The NOAA Center for Tsunami Research - an event page was added for the impact the Honshu tsunami had. It includes a graphical display forecast, hazard assessments, and research services to those wanting to learn more about it.
The NOAA Tsunami Informational Page - Users can learn more about the tsunamis, including how they originate, the history of tsunamis around the world, and how to prepare for them.
The NOAA Tsunami Fact Sheet (PDF) - The NOAA also has a PDF document that offers insight into tsunamis and their impact around the world. It offers insight on the tsunami warning system, Deep-Ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami stations, and a lot more.