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Social Technologies Rally In Wake Of Japan Quake

Approximately 11 hours ago, Japan was hit with one of the largest earthquakes in recorded history, an 8.9 magnitude quake.  Hundreds are dead or missing in the wake of the disaster and its resulting tsunami and fires.

At this hour, large aftershocks continue to slam the island nation.  Below is a current list of the quakes, their magnitude and location.

Time Magnitude Location
10 hours ago 7.1 Off the east coast of Honshu, Japan  Map
10 hours ago 6.8 Near the east coast of Honshu, Japan  Map
11 hours ago 8.9 Near the east coast of Honshu, Japan  Map

Following the earthquake, Twitter reported a record number of tweets, some 1,200 per minute.  In addition, Google mobilized efforts to assist victims of the earthquake and the subsequent tsunami by bringing its search engine Person Finder to users in real-time so that victims can find others or report if they are ok.  Below is a screen capture showing this technology at work:

In addition, Google mobilized a Crisis Response Project, offering links to resources and other tools, including a tsunami warning on the company’s main homepage.  Currently, the most recent image on the Crisis Response page re-directs to a picture from the recent New Zealand earthquake.  However, if you are interested in seeing the devastating results of this quake in real-time, MSNBC is providing detailed coverage of the event now.  Below is a picture on MSNBC’s main homepage:

8.9 Quake In Japan Triggers Tsunami & Fires

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