Today at 2:46pm JST, a 8.9 magnitude earthquake and devastating tsunami hit the north of Japan.  The scale of this tragedy is almost too difficult to comprehend, but what is clear is that countless lives have been lost, and many more have been forever altered.

At Kiva, our mission is connecting people, often strangers from very different parts of the world.   Kiva has many Japanese lenders and supporters. Our hearts go out to them today. As Japan and those around the world affected by this tragedy begin to cope with the destruction and rebuild in the aftermath, we send our most sincere hopes and sympathy. 

If you are interested in getting involved, Huffington Post has published a page with a number of earthquake relief support options.
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