I'm not going to write a novel about how much this earthquake (then tsunami, nuclear problems etc) has been hard to watch but it has really hit hard. Not only do earthquakes in general freak me out - I was in the '89 quake in the Bay Area, got knocked off my bike and saw my house swaying like Jello in front of me - but I have many close friends in Japan.
Watching the news is just horrible so I tend to stick to Facebook where I can read posts from friends who have heard from other friends and keep track of the people I haven't seen in years but still care about.
The numbers keep climbing - 6,500 as of this morning. It's frightening to watch.
I've donated to Médecins Sans Frontières, a fabulous organization in general (and tax-deductible to my French declaring self). For those in the States I highly recommend Mercy Corps as well.