Yvonne Carts-Powell

Japan – How technology can help

In technology on March 14, 2011 at 8:53 pm

A Google employee in Tokyo, instead of fleeing his desk when the earthquake hit, started building tech tools to help survivors. writes, “As someone who experienced the Kobe earthquake 16 years ago … I cannot forget the immediate desire for information. There was no way to find out where people’s family and friends were, if transportation would be available to get us home, and most importantly, whether we would be able to find shelter.” The response is Google’s Crisis Response Page for the earthquake.

Satellite pictures from Google Earth: PhotoBlog – How the quake shifted Japan.

Satellite pictures from NASA: Flooding from Tsunami near Sendai, Japan

Another article on tools that can help in the response from Popular Science.

I’m told that Twitter is the most reliable communication method with people in many affected parts of Japan.

Links to donate to the relief effort:
Japan’s Red Cross
Doctors Without Borders

Also: a more credible source for nuclear incident information: the International Atomic Energy Agency has the latest updates on the status of the malfunctioning reactors in Japan.

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