“Bump!” host Charlie David reflects on his trip to Japan, and how we can all pitch in and help those in need right now. You can watch his message below.
As we all know, early this morning Japan was hit and hurt by the 5th strongest recorded earthquake to strike since 1900, igniting a vicious tsunami that crushed its shores early this morning. Japanese TV networks showed images of surging water and uncontrolled fires that resembled scenes from a Hollywood disaster movie as waves and flames destroyed anything in its path, according to the Associated Press.
The 8.9 earthquake struck 80 miles from the northeastern shore of Japan on Friday March 11. The U.S. Geological Survey said it was the biggest earthquake to hit Japan since the first Japanese earthquake records.
Many were injured and nearly 1,000 are presently feared to be killed; the material damages have been crushing. Police said 200 to 300 bodies were found in Japan’s northeastern coastal area. The quake prompted tsunami waves which followed, consuming buildings and homes as they carried fishing boats and large sea vessels in their tide.
Charlie David, the host of Logo’s “Bump!” travel series recently visited Japan. Here he shares his thoughts and encourages all of us to pitch in and help!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
The American Red Cross has taken over social media platforms, updating online followers through Twitter (@RedCross) and Facebook posts and accepting donations. Anyone can text “RED CROSS” to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross efforts and be charged on their next cell phone bill.
To help find loved ones: 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.
Global Giving is working with International Medical Corps, Save the Children, and other organizations, taking donations to provide relief and emergency services to the earthquake and tsunami victims. Visit GlobalGiving.org to donate.
Most disaster relief organizations are advising against sending care packages, food, or clothing to the area at this time. Your $5 or $10 will go a much longer way. You can find additional donation options on Network For Good.