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The devastating tsunami in Japan has claimed 10,000 lives and has certain prefectures on the cusp of a nuclear meltdown. We’ve already rounded up some of the news last night… though things seem to just be getting worse (with a new three-meter high tsunami heading their way). This morning, we were informed of some ways to donate to relief efforts.
If you have an Alipay account already, Alibaba has set up an English language Japanese Earthquake & Tsunami Relief Effort donation page. Not only can you donate money to the Red Cross One Foundation of Japan, you can also purchase specific disaster relief products (tents, walkie talkies, flood lights etc.) to be sent there.
Meanwhile, Brian Offenther (of DJ Bo Sock Hop fame), has said that he’s rejiggered an upcoming show to include a donation to the country through the Japanese consulate:
Originally it was going to be your standard (high rockin’ and awesome, mind you) free party, but we felt it would be more appropriate to help those in a desperate situation.
We’ve contact the Japanese consulate and are working to make sure the money gets to Japan as quickly as possible after the show.
The show, originally called “Bandits Party,” will be at Lune and feature The Dudettes (Shanghai comedy-rockers), The Beat Bandits (surf/garage), Hotter Than Teppanyaki (Latin/fusion party), and Sal & Upnavala Groove (sitar-based band – debut performance). Now, an entry fee of 20rmb will go towards Japan disaster relief efforts. More details after the jump:
What: Bandit’s Party/Tsunami Benefit
Where: Lune, 4th floor, 218 Xinle Lu at Donghu Lu
When: 9pm, Saturday, March 19
Price: 20rmb entry, all of which will go to disaster relief.
Also, if you have a vpn or an American-based bank account, Mashable has outlined 7 social networking ways to donate/help as well.
We’ll keep our ear to the ground for anything upcoming, and feel free to give us tips in comments as well.