UPDATE 3/14 —
Friday’s 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan left thousands of people injured or missing, more than 200,000 homeless and more than 1 million homes without running water. Aid agencies have fielded emergency workers, and online crowdsourcing tools are helping locate missing people and manage crises. They can use your help. Here’s how to contribute. We’ll update this list with your tips as you send them in. Please post to the comments section or our Facebook page or tweet us at @Engineer4Change.
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Google Crisis Response
[March 14 update] Google has compiled online resources for news, finding missing people, donating and other ways to respond and contribute.
Ushahidi’s Disaster Site Sinsai
The Ushahidi platform, which we’ve reported on recently, is helping in the search for missing people and those who need help. The site compiles and maps info from news outlets, SMS, Twitter and other sources to efficiently crowdsource and organize information. Try using Google Translate to convert the page’s text to your preferred language.
Google Person Finder: 2011 Japan Earthquake
Google launched a missing person finder to help in the search for loved ones.
Japanese Red Cross teams are assessing damage and treating the injured.
The international aid organization is supporting relief work in Japan from its 80 centers, two hospitals and four children’s homes.
Or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY
Or text the words “Japan” or “Quake” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
The international aid organization is providing emergency shelter for the tens of thousands of newly homeless in Japan.
Or text the word “Shelter” to the number 20222 to make a $10 donation.