Resources for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Japan’s most powerful earthquake since records began has struck the north-east coast, triggering a massive tsunami. The quake’s epicentre was 373 kilometres (231 miles) away from Tokyo. At least 32 people have died following 19 aftershocks and tsunami waves measuring up to 10 meters in height. Also, Reuters have reported that a ship carrying more than 100 people was swept away by the tsunami. The latest update about the earthquake is available at JMA.

Here are online resources:

1. Japanese Quake Person Finder – this is created by Google where people can  track down anyone that has been affected by the earthquake. If you’re looking for someone, or if you know the condition of someone that others may be looking for, you can use this site. (This was created for the latest New Zealand earthquake as well.)

2. Locations of impromptu shelters – there is a map of the temporary shelters set-up to help with food, drink, and blankets etc.

3. USGS Near real-time earthquake information – a Google Gadget that allows you to view near real-time earthquake information. The gadget uses the Google Earth browser plug-in to show worldwide seismic hotspots.

Also other maps online are the  ESRI Japan’s Earthquake MapEarthquakes in the Last Week Map , and Map Large that shows Japan’s earthquake.  Google’s Crisis Response Team has also set up a website with links to resources concerning the earthquake and subsequent tsunami off the coast of Japan.

Please feel free to share additional resources.

Source: Geospatial World; BBC; Google Maps Mania Picture from: BBC

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern. sachiye@vertices.com

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