The Tohoku earthquake, which struck the northeast coast of Honshu, Japan on March 11 and triggered a 23-foot tsunami, is not only a tragedy in and of itself, but a grim reminder for seismologists and scientists that earthquakes are one of the most dangerous natural disasters out there, according to Stanford researchers.
It is easier than ever to donate to disaster relief and reconstruction organizations, especially through the Internet and mobile phones, but with that increased ease comes an increased need to fully understand how these groups distribute funds or provide services. Without this understanding, it is impossible to decide which organizations deserve your generosity. As a Japan-based anthropologist and law student with experience researching disaster relief efforts, respectively, our many friends, family and colleagues have reached out to us asking how to help.
A group of experts motivated by the earthquake that struck Haiti in January, killing more than 200,000 people and rendering an estimated one million Haitians homeless, gathered here on Monday to discuss methods for communities to recover from and prepare for earthquakes.