While the effects seem to have been mitigated by excellent preparedness, building codes and alert systems, there are still hundreds known dead at this point, doubtless more to follow, and who knows how many injured, homeless, or with their lives otherwise disrupted. Friends in Japan, please let us know how we can help.
My wife is from Sendai, and her family's house was destroyed; thankfully everyone is okay.
I have been trying to figure out how to raise money to help out with relief efforts, but haven't really got a good plan yet -- I don't really have any experience with fundraising. If anyone has any ideas, I would love to hear them.
I have, however, found an organization that accepts donations that will go directly to their efforts in Japan. Here is the link:
You can donate online or text JAPAN to 50555 to give $10.