Today's earthquake in Japan is more on a par with the 9.0-magnitude earthquake in Indonesia in 2004 that triggered a tsunami that killed more than 150,000 people
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website, the most worrisome after effects of tsunamis are contaminated food and water supplies. Post-traumatic stress disorder in survivors is also a major concern.
Researchers at the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska at Fairbanks theorize that periods of unusual lack of seismic activity may augur serious earthquakes. On the other hand, scientist Yevgeny Rogozhin, deputy director of the Institute for Earth Physics, claims that a weaker earthquake which took place in the area about a week ago was a foreshock to today's events,
Yahoo! News has compiled a list of non-profit organizations which have already set up funds for disaster relief for Japan...
GLOBALGIVING: Established a fund to disburse donations to organizations providing relief and emergency services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami. Donate here.
SAVE THE CHILDREN: Mobilizing to provide immediate humanitarian relief in the shape of emergency health care and provision of non-food items and shelter. Donate here.
INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS: Putting together relief teams, as well as supplies, and are in contact with partners in Japan and other affected countries to assess needs and coordinate our activities. Donate here.
CONVOY OF HOPE: Disaster Response team established connection with in-country partners who have been impacted by the damage and are identifying the needs and areas where Convoy of Hope may be of the greatest assistance. Donate here.