An 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck northeast Japan early this morning, sending a wave of water into rural areas of the country and causing a significant damage. Although the damage assessments are still under way, government agencies, businesses and nonprofit organizations around the world are preparing to offer disaster relief services to those affected by the quake.

U.S. government: Troops in the Pacific are being prepared to provide relief to Japan once the country requests aid.

Save the Children: The international children’s aid organization is preparing to respond to children and families affected by the quake throughout Japan.

Nissan: The Japanese automaker sent out a press release this morning announcing that its operations were not affected but the company is “working closely with global humanitarian partners to determine how the company and employees in the region can contribute to aid efforts in the aftermath of this event.”

Google: Google is harnessing the power of the Internet to help put people’s minds at ease. The search engine giant launched the Japanese Quake Person Finder this morning.

United Nations: According to this article in the Asia-Pacific News, the United Nations has 62 disaster response teams ready to help in Japan, should they be needed.

Obviously this is just a small sampling of the businesses, ogranizations and government agencies that will provide assistance to Japan.

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