The Salvation Army in Japan is responding to the earthquake and tsunami that has devastated the north side of the country.

The public can help in relief efforts by texting the work "Quake" or "Japan" to 80888 to donate $10, according to a Salvation Army news release. Donations by phone can by made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, and online by going to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.

Donations by mail can be sent to The Salvation Army, "Japan Earthquake Relief," P.O. Box 80066, Prescott, AZ 86304-8066, the news release said. Designate "Disaster Relief: Japan Earthquake" on check or money order.

Donations of material goods are not being requested at this time.

-- The Californian