Help for Japan
On March 11, 2011, Japan was struck by an earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale. Subsequently, the coastline was hit by tsunamis as high as 10 metres.
ETA: A second quake, 6.6-Richter, subsequently hit Japan. In addition, there have been reports of a possible meltdown at a nuclear plant in Fukushima, with several casualties.
We are organising help_japan in response to this crisis. Time is of the utmost urgency at present, so please read this post but do not get too hung up over the details.
Help for Yunnan
Please also remember that a 5.8-Richter earthquake struck Yunnan province in China on March 10. As many as 130,000 people have lost their homes. Electricity and water supplies have been cut off, roads are damaged, and infrastructure is wrecked.
A list of charities rendering aid to Yunnan may be found here.
Do keep both countries in mind when making your offers and selecting charities/causes. Of course, it is preferable to support the victims of both disasters.
An incomplete list of charities is under this cut. If you have more links, do add them in the comments here.
( Charities list. )
azuire has a general information post here with essential links and information.
Please include the following details in your offer: contact details, minimum bid, and preferred charity/cause (optional). Do pay attention to all the information on the offer posts before making your offers and bids. Bidders, raise your bids by replying to the previous comment for efficiency of tracking. Successful bidders, please also do your best to send confirmation of your donation to the auctioneer.
Signal boosts are much appreciated.
Offers are open as of March 12, 2pm GMT.
Bids are set to open 48h later, on March 14, 2pm GMT.
The auction will close in one week, on March 20, at 12nn GMT.
Depending on the outcome of this auction, a second round may be held one week from now.
(Mods are in GMT, GMT+5, and GMT+8. Activity may change with time, accordingly. Do contact via PM to help_jp_mod or email helpjapan.dw [at] gmail.com if more information is needed.)