You have probably already heard about the earthquake which has killed around 8,500 people at last count. The Peace Corps was incredibly quick to respond by contacting all of the volunteers and ensuring their safety. This included a checklist involving our future safety (e.g. is your apt. damaged?). The relief I have that all of my American friends are fine is quickly overshadowed by the fact that so many people have died.
There are many heavy hearts as people walk around silently: shocked by this disaster.
I am in the process of finding Chinese aid organizations which will provide support to the people in Sichuan province, and I will post the information here when I find one that is reputable.