Japan Earthquake Online

Social media and the web have become the go-to for real-time information when disasters strike.

It’s no surprise that the news of Friday’s 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan spread rapidly on Twitter, while live video feeds and blogs kept pace.

With unreliable cellphone service, social media is the only form of communication consistently available to people in Japan, says Brian Gillespie of Texas. He has reached out to friends in Japan through Twitter and FacebookMixi, Japan’s largest social networking site, has also been used to located loved ones, he says.

Like Gillespie’s friends, many in Japan are updating us on the country’s status via the Internet. In addition, thousands of reporters and citizen journalists worldwide are distributing their knowledge of the situation on homepages and social streams.

Now, hours after the initial quake, information about the earthquake and tsunami abound. Here’s a list of some of the best Japan earthquake resources online, as suggested by our readers.

What tools are you using to track the crisis? Let us know in the comments which ones we’ve missed.

Social Media

Live Video and Blogs

Other Resources


NYT – Japanese Earthquake Map

This Google Map from the New York Times displays photographs of the havoc caused by yesterday’s earthquake and tsunami. The map also contains information about locations affected by the quake.

YouTube Videos of the Japan Earthquake

Mibazaar has created a Google Map of geotagged YouTube videos of the Japanese earthquake. It is possible to view the videos from the map.

Japan Earthquake Photos

Google Earth Outreach have released this Google Map where anyone can share their photographs of the earthquake. The map has only just been created so, at the time of writing, no photographs have yet been added.

CNN – Earthquake Impact Map

CNN has put together a number of video reports, photos and stories about the Japanese earthquake on this Google Map.

see also:

Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Threat

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