**See the comments section of this blog post for the latest news and developments, and to join the conversation. MPI has also created a group space for our Japan Chapter and for any members who want to connect with their peers in the disaster regions.**
We wake up here in the U.S. today to the devastation wrought by the 8.9 earthquake that hit Japan late yesterday (our time) and as tsunami waves barrel toward our West Coast shore. Early reports say Hawai'i has largely escaped damage from initial waves, though the possibility of more continues throughout the morning as Japan continues to field 6.0+ aftershocks.
Meanwhile, more than 300 people have died in the Wakabayashi area of Sendai city, Japan, close to the epicentre of the 8.9 magnitude quake as tidal waves carried debris of buildings, overturned ships, cars and vehicles into the mainland, Kyodo news agency said.
Whether you are in Japan or traveling to the region, following find a list of websites to keep you up-to-date on the latest news and information.
**UPDATE, March 15: Thomas Hinton, president and CEO for CRI Global, LLC, forwards this report from Tokyo DMC DMC The J Team. It contains a comprehensive view of the country's infrastructure following the disaster.**
Google has also created a tool to help loved ones locate each other in Japan.