It's a natural response to a tragedy half-a-world away to ask "What can I do to help?" While Japan's strong economy and infrastructure mean it can weather a catastrophe better than most disaster-struck nation, the victims of today's earthquake and tsunami still could use your help. Here are the best places to donate:
The Red Cross: As in the wake of previous disasters, you can donate $10 to the Red Cross' disaster relief by simply texting "REDCROSS" to 90999. (You will be prompted to send a second text confirming your donation.) You can also go to RedCross.org to donate additional amounts.
GlobalGiving: Charity network GlobalGiving has launched an earthquake relief fund. You can donate increments of $25 by going to GlobalGiving.org.
ShelterBox: British charity Shelterbox provides shelter and supplies to displaced or homeless victims. You can donate on the front page of their website.
AmeriCares: You can donate to international humanitarian aid organization AmeriCares' Japan relief efforts on their website.
International Medical Corps: This international aid group offers not only medical care, but also food, water and sanitation to those who need it. On their website you can donate in $50 increments, and specify whether you want a one-time or a recurring donation.
Convoy of Hope: This nonprofit provides food and supplies to disaster areas. Donate on their website, or text "TSUNAMI" to 50555 to donate $10.