The quake and subsequently devastating tsunami in Japan has readers and viewers around the world reeling. It's a terrifying spectacle, for sure - but it's important to stay calm and take action. Here's how to stay updated and help out:
• Google has put together an earthquake Crisis Response page for those in Japan, including local weather warnings, disaster bulletin boards and blackout warnings.
• If you have information about anyone missing in Japan or are concerned with one's whereabouts in the midst of this disaster, Google has put up a searchable Person Finder database.
• The US Geological Survey is another great resource for staying current, if you're in an affected area of the US west coast.
• Save the Children is already accepting donations for the relief efforts aimed at Japanese families and kids in affected regions.
We'll update this post with more ways to both help and stay informed as we find them. In the meantime, to our readers in Japan, the West coast, and everywhere in between - please stay safe. We're thinking of you. Feel free to comment below on your reactions to the crisis, and any further informational resources you've found.