Japan has launched a massive, military-led rescue operation after the giant 8.9 magnatude quake and tsunami killed hundreds of people and turned the northeastern coast into a swampy wasteland as authorities braced for a possible meltdown at a nuclear reactor.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan said he is sending 50,000 troops for the rescue and recovery efforts following Friday's 8.9-magnitude quake that unleashed one of the greatest disasters Japan has witnessed ó a 23-foot (7-meter) tsunami that washed far inland over fields, smashing towns, airports and highways in its way.

Now, more than ever, the Japanese people need our help and support to get through this crisis.

You donít need to pack your bags and fly out to Japan to help, though. There are plenty of ways you can help online, whether itís with your wallet or simply with your Twitter account. New technologies make it possible to lend a helping hand with your texts or even with virtual crops.

While the devastating Japan earthquake and tsunami have passed, the recovery and mourning have just begun. The disaster could become the most expensive earthquake in history. The crisis could get even worse, depending on what happens next at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.