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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Several organizations are mobilizing to help connect donations to aid Japan after the country’s largest earthquake on record caused a catastrophic tsunami.

The magnitude-8.9 quake struck 250 miles north-east of Tokyo at 2:46 p.m. local time, causing great human loss and extensive damage to infrastructure.

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To make a donation to The Red Cross, visit redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone.

Operation USA appeals for donations of funds from the public. The organization also calls for bulk corporate donations of health care materials, which it will ship to the region from its base in the Port of Los Angeles. You can make donations online at www.opusa.org , by phone at 1.800.678.7255 or, by check made out to Operation USA, 3617 Hayden Ave, Suite A, Culver City, CA 90232.

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The Japan America Society of Southern California, with other Japanese and Japanese-American organizations in the region, established a relief fund. Checks made out to the “2011 Japan Relief Fund” can be sent to the Japan America Society of Southern California, 345 S. Figueroa St., Suite M-1, Los Angeles, CA 90071-1004. Secure online credit card donations can also be made at www.jas-socal.org.

Catholic Relief Services is also stepping up and taking donations. Sean Callahan, CRS executive vice president, said Friday, “We know from 2004 the devastating impact that these tsunamis can have.”

CRS is working with a partner, Caritas Japan, to assess where to put resources. To donate by phone: 1-877-HELP-CRS. To make a donation on line, go to www.crs.org.

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To write and mail a check:
Catholic Relief Services
P.O. Box 17090
Baltimore, Maryland 21203-7090
Memo portion of check: Japanese Tsunami

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