To call what's happening in Japan a "terrible tragedy" is vague.
The death toll from this disaster continues to rise, toppling 11000 with over 16,000 people still missing. Hundreds of thousands of people are still homeless, and the nuclear crisis is still touch-and-go, with radiation levels too high to work for long in several places. One body (male) was found 5km from Daichi. Radiation levels were two high to collect the corpse without first decontaminating the body. There are photos of mass funerals taking place and they simply don’t have enough caskets. Here in Narashino, we’re hundreds of kilometers away from these scenes and even though life is more or less back to normal, one need only turn on the television or glance at the newspaper headlines to be flooded with emotion. Everyone is doing what s/he can to help. Stores everywhere are darkened and operating with minimal electricity, so as to help conserve power for the region. Rolling blackouts continue and will likely last the whole of summer, if not longer. This isn’t the only disaster in the world today, but it’s the one closest to me now. I know Japan will recover, but no one can say how long it will take.
You’ve got to do what you can-where you can-however you can.