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March 11, 2011 at 12:34 PM

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Google curates maps, resources on Japan earthquake and tsunami

Posted by Stephanie Clary

Google is using its various tools to curate content and display emergency resources after Japan's 8.9 earthquake and tsunami, which has left hundreds dead.

Maps:

View Japan Earthquake - March 11 in a larger map

A list of relevant Google Maps has been growing throughout the day. Using various sources, the maps display affected locations (above), shelters in Tokyo, the earthquake's epicenter and more. The link above allows you to toggle between the various maps.

Person finder:
Today, Google launched Person Finder — a tool that allows users to both report a missing person as well as enter any information they have on a missing person. It displays in English and Japanese and has more than 7,000 records as of 12 p.m.

CitizenTube:

YouTube's CitizenTube channel has raw videos of the Japan earthquake and its effects, including video of Hawaii's tsunami warning. YouTube is owned by Google.

Crisis Response:
Google has also created a Crisis Response page with resource links, maps, and a news and Twitter feed.

Google isn't alone in displaying valuable information after this earthquake, but the amount of tools it has to work with allows it to become a diverse and interactive source for coverage and emergency resources.

Click here for more Japan earthquake and tsunami maps, resources and emergency preparedness information.

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