At 2:46 p.m. a 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck just off the coast of Japan according to the United States Geological Survey. A number of equally horrific aftershocks and tsunamis have followed, killing hundreds and stranding tens of thousands. A tsunami warning has been issued for the west coast of the United States. Please check with the U.S. National Weather Service Website for updates and details in your region.

Sample of Seismograph, measuring tool for earthquakes

If you have friends and family in the affected regions, our well wishes are with you. And if you have any information – whether through eye witness accounts, or simply through safe contacts on the ground – please let us and your fellow readers know in the comments below. Worried friends and family would greatly appreciate your efforts.

As we face the consequences of this natural disaster together in the coming days, weeks, and months, OneVietnam and Vietnamese Talking Points will make a consorted effort to generate a humanitarian response. If you’re interested in helping, check back with us intermittently for updates.


For related article: please see “Ring of Fire Earthquake”.

To help earthquake victims, consider these options (please suggest other options that you are aware of):
1) The Red Cross
The Red Cross has launched efforts to help earthquake victims. Please visit or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone

2) Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund was launched at

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  1. Other donations can be made by purchasing Adapt for $28, 100% of the proceeds go to the Red Cross.

    Also, Lady Gaga is producing bracelets, again 100% proceeds to the relief effort.

    For those who may be skeptical about Red Cross, here’s an article by Huffington Post with many other relief funds that you can help with!

    Thoughts, prayers, and love go out to Japan.

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