Japan Earthquake Relief via Red Cross
Location: Northeast Japan
Project Type: Emergency Disaster Assistance via the Japanese Red Cross Society
People Served: Thousands
Project Cost: We have donated $1,000 personally, and will donate all that we raise through Round the World with Us to the Japan Red Cross Society
Timeline: We made our donation to the Red Cross on May 21st and will turn over other donations monthly
Please help the victims of this devastating earthquake and tsunami. Thousands of people are still homeless and in need of food and shelter. We are here in Japan now (May, 2011) and are seeing first hand how much help is needed.
For every donation of at least $5, we will mail you a charity bracelet, which we got by donating $1,000 ourselves to the Red Cross while we visited Tokyo Disney.
Info on the earthquake and tsunami from wikipedia:
The 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, also known as the Great East Japan Earthquake, magnitude of 9.0, is the largest earthquake know to have hit Japan and one of the five largest earthquakes since 1900 when modern recording began. It occurred at 14:46 JST (05:46 UTC) on Friday, 11 March 2011. The earthquake triggered extremely destructive tsunami waves of up to 38.9 metres (128 ft) that struck Japan, in some cases traveling up to 10 km (6 mi) inland.
In addition to loss of life and destruction of infrastructure, the tsunami caused a number of nuclear accidents, of which by far the most serious was an ongoing level 7 event and 20 km (12 mi) evacuation zone around the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant (see 2011 Japanese nuclear accidents). The overall cost could exceed $300 billion, making it the most expensive natural disaster on record.
The Japanese National Police Agency has confirmed 15,148 deaths, 5,304 injured, and 8,881 people missing across eighteen prefectures, as well as over 125,000 buildings damaged or destroyed. The earthquake and tsunami caused extensive and severe structural damage in Japan, including heavy damage to roads and railways as well as fires in many areas, and a dam collapse. Around 4.4 million households in northeastern Japan were left without electricity and 1.5 million without water. Many electrical generators were taken down, and at least three nuclear reactors suffered explosions due to hydrogen gas that had built up within their outer containment buildings after cooling system failure. Residents within a 20 km (12 mi) radius of the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant and a 10 km (6 mi) radius of the Fukushima II Nuclear Power Plant were evacuated. In addition, the U.S. recommended that its citizens evacuate up to 80 km (50 mi) of the plant.
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said, “In the 65 years after the end of World War II, this is the toughest and the most difficult crisis for Japan.” The earthquake moved Honshu 2.4 m (8 ft) east and shifted the Earth on its axis by 10 cm (4 in). Early estimates placed insured losses from the earthquake alone at US$14.5 to $34.6 billion. The Bank of Japan offered ¥15 trillion (US$183 billion) to the banking system on 14 March in an effort to normalize market conditions.