A powerful 8.9 earthquake struck off the coast of northeastern Japan at 2:46 p.m. JST on Friday March 11, 2011, and a series of aftershocks followed. The Japan Meteorological Agency reported that the initial earthquake measured 8.8 on the Richter scale, while the U.S. Geographical Survey listed the earthquake’s magnitude at 8.9. A large tsunami hit Miyagi and other northeastern prefectures. The growing nuclear concerns after the earthquake and tsunami have resulted in may people being evacuated from their homes.

You can keep updated on the situation by visiting Google Crisis Response Center.

JASC has arranged a donation fund for earthquake and tsunami relief. Call (312) 263-3049 for more details.

Due to cultural differences, less people donate blood in Japan than in many other countries. The Red Cross is one of several organizations throughout the world who accept blood donations and other contributions. Those who want to help can go to and donate to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific. has a listing of ways to help.

Locally, Mitsuwa Marketplace is accepting donations at their service counter

Of course we all may have concern for our favorite people in the anime/manga/gaming industry so ANN has reported some Industry check in’s

You can also join in the conversation and updates in our forum discussion topic – 8.9 earthquake hits Japan

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