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Help people begin to recover and rebuild. International support and solidarity can be a bright spot amid the darkness.

The 9.0-magnitude earthquake physically shifted Japan's main island by up to 13 feet, according to experts. Aftershocks that were significant earthquakes in their own right continued for days. Significant infrastructure damage caused power and transportation outages, and sparked more than eighty fires, some of which burned for days.

Tsunamis of up to 33 feet washed up to 6 miles inland, sweeping up cars, houses, and debris in swift and deadly black waves of destruction. The most severely hit areas report entire towns missing. In the northeast, millions are facing near-freezing temperatures without food, water, or electricity.

1. People are in need of food, shelter, medical attention and basic assistance.