March 15th, 2011
07:00 PM ET

Tsunami aid and relief: How you can help

Eliott C. McLaughlin

(CNN) - The world is mobilizing to help victims of Friday's 9.0-magnitude earthquake that unleashed a devastating tsunami on Japan.

The U.S. State Department is urging U.S. citizens to contact friends and family as soon as possible. They can also e-mail the State Department at JapanEmergencyUSC@state.gov. Those seeking information on security in or travel to Japan can call 1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444.

Google also is helping victims touch base with friends and loved ones. Its People Finder, which was tracking almost 153,000 records as of Monday morning, allows users to look for victims or post information about people. It works in five languages.

As nations offer monetary aid, condolences and rescue teams, many people around the world are seeking ways to ease the burden on the Japanese government and people.

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  1. joseph massucci

    Anderson im sure exactly what i can do i am not a rich person but i do know that i can give a place for several people to live for some time as to save some lives. I havent spoken to my family yet but im sure between all of us we could possibly give quite a few shelter. if this at all could do any good please get back to me. I am sure that my community would help to donate food and clothing if this pans out. thank you, joe from Pa

    March 15, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
  2. Colin G

    Did they ever find the two missing bullet trains?

    March 15, 2011 at 9:11 pm |