It has been a very emotional day watching coverage of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan and waiting to hear from friends, to know that they are safe. I feel very fortunate that I have heard from most of my friends and that they are not among the casualties. It makes me very sad to see the devastation happening in a place I love, and my thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan, especially the victims and their friends and families.

If you would like to donate to relief efforts, InterAction has a list of organizations who are responding to the earthquake in Japan.