Plan International is closing monitoring the situation in #tsunami alert countries
Plan is operational in communities in several affected countries in both Asia and Americas and also has presence in Japan.
Plan, the global child rights and development organisation, has called on the Ecuadorian authorities and civil society to prioritise the needs and safety of children and adolescents during the evacuation of the coastal areas, and in emergency shelter areas.
U.N. announced late on Friday that four foreign search and rescue teams (Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and the United States) were on their way after Japan requested help.
Singapore is also deploying an urban search and rescue team in Japan, while Switzerland is sending a team of some 25 rescue and medical experts accompanied by nine sniffer dogs. Britain also said it was sending help, after receiving a request form Japan.
A quake with a preliminary magnitude of 6 hit Fukushima in northern Japan at around 22:15 JST (1315 GMT) on Saturday, public broadcaster NHK says
More than 1,700 people are likely to be dead or missing from Japan's earthquake and tsunami, according to Kyodo news agency
From the foothills of northern India to crowded cities in the United States, Japanese on vacation used Twitter, Facebook and the Japanese service mixi to get in touch with family after the disaster knocked out phone lines