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Round up of the Japan earthquake and tsunami; how to help and where to get the latest info

Japan earthquake tsunami
A US Navy helicopter flies over the city of Sendai, Japan to deliver more than 1,500 pounds of food to survivors of an 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami. – Image credit: US Navy

An 8.9 earthquake struck off Japan’s coastline at 2:46PM Tokyo time (12:46AM Eastern) and also spawned a 30ft wave to crash into the island. The death toll is expected to rise as rescuers reach towns that were destroyed from the tsunami.

The easiest way, and probably best way, to help the country is to donate $10 to the American Red Cross by sending a text message with the word “red cross” to 90999. Data and text messaging rates may apply but pressure your wireless company to exclude the messaging fee.

These are the latest reports from our partner CNET News:

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Aftermath of Japan’s earthquake (photos)

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You can donate money to the following charities:

American Red Cross

Salvation Army: Japan

UNICEF

To get the latest information:

– Time Warner Cable digital cable subscribers can get TV Japan for free. Check to see if the TV Japan is available in your area.

– Comcast digital cable subscribers also can get TV Japan for free as well.

CNN Live blog

NHK World (Japan national broadcast channel)

Japan Times