Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami: Important Information for Travelers

by  ShermansTravel Editorial Staff | Mar 11, 2011
Aogashima, Japan
Aogashima, Japan / mikadographics/iStock

We at ShermansTravel.com were shocked to learn of the devastating earthquake that hit Japan Friday and the tsunami that occurred in its aftermath, with waves hitting Japan and Hawaii and making their way towards the West Coast of the U.S.

For those who are currently traveling, planning to travel, or have friends or loved ones in the affected areas, here are some resources to find the latest information on the disaster:

Hawaii and the West Coast

The National Weather Service has issued tsunami warnings for parts of the West Coast ranging from the California-Mexico border up to Alaska. For the latest updates, visit the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The Hawaii State Civil Defense has a complete list of evacuation centers for the islands.

According to local news reports Honolulu International Airport, Hilo Airport, Kahului Airport, and Lihue Airport are currently closed.


All Tokyo airports are closed, and the U.S. State Department  warns citizens against unnecessary travel to the country through at least April 1, writing in a statement that, “Strong aftershocks are likely for weeks following a strong earthquake such as this one.”

The Google Crisis Response Center has real-time updates on Japanese transit, power, and disaster warnings.

Friends and family may also use the Google Person Finder to search for loved ones impacted by the disaster.

American, Delta, Continental, and United have waived rebooking fees for travelers heading to, from, and through Japan.

Latest Updates

Check out the following Twitter feeds for the most up to date information:

Charitable Donations

UPDATE: The American Red Cross is now accepting donations for relief efforts in Japan and the Pacific region. Visit their website or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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