SAN DIEGO, March 11, 2011 – A magnitude 8.9 earthquake hit Japan’s east coast Friday prompting a Tsunami Warning for Guam, Hawaii, Northern Mariana Islands and all the Pacific Coast. According to Cal EMA, a TSUNAMI WARNING is in effect for California Coastal areas north of Point Conception in Santa Barbara County to the Oregon Boarder meaning residents need to move to higher ground and out of the mapped inundation zones. A TSUNAMI ADVISORY is in effect for California Coastal areas south of Point Conception in Santa Barbara County meaning significant, widespread inundation is not expected for areas under an advisory. Currents may be hazardous to swimmers, boats and coastal structures and may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrival.
Emergency Operation Centers are opened in the affected areas and staffed by the chapters. American Red Cross chapters in the Pacific islands of Hawaii, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam as well as in west coast of the U.S. are ready to provide assistance as needed in their communities. Our supply warehouses are activated and we are working closely with state officials in Hawaii and the West Coast.
“Our hearts go out to the people of Japan and the other survivors of the earthquake and tsunami,” said Joe Craver, CEO American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial County Chapter. “Right now, the American Red Cross is in discussions with the Japanese Red Cross to assess their needs and see how we can help.”
At this time, the American Red Cross can accept donations designated to the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami. Those who want to help can go to www.sdarc.org or call 858-309-1278. Your gift to the American Red Cross will support our disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific.
Currently, the Red Cross in unable to accept inquiries to contact or locate family and friends in Japan. However, there are several resources available. People in Japan and abroad can register on the website to inform their family and friends that they are safe and provide their current contact details, while looking for people can check the list for information. They can also register the names of family members and friends, encouraging them to get in touch. The website is http://www.icrc.org/familylinks.
Inquiries concerning U.S. citizens living or traveling in Japan should be referred to the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 888-407-4747 or 202-647-5225.
If you have the mobile phone number of your family member in the affected areas, you may utilize the following services to check whether he/she has registered his/her message(s) on this service. Services are available in English and Japanese.
• DoCoMo: http://dengon.docomo.ne.jp/Einoticelist.cgi?es=0
• SoftBanK: http://dengon.softbank.ne.jp/pc-e1.jsp
• Willcom: http://dengon.willcom-inc.com/dengon/Top.do?language=E
About the American Red Cross, San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter
The American Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on the generosity of the American people to provide our programs and services. The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter is leading the effort to make San Diego and Imperial Counties “America’s most prepared communities.” With the public’s ongoing support we provide life saving preparedness training; disaster relief services; 24-hour emergency services to deployed military personnel and their families; and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. For more information about or to support the chapter please contact (858) 309-1200 or visit www.sdarc.org.