At 2:46 pm today, an 8.9 earthquake hit off the coast of Japan in the afternoon local time. It was the largest earthquake in Japan in 300 years and the 6th largest recorded earthquake in history. A quick call to my parents and inlaws and thankfully everyone is OK.
I’ve collected a few links where you can get more information and will update as I learn more.
- BBC Live Stream
- NHK coverage (Japanese) and English via USTREAM
- TBS coverage (Japanese) via USTREAM
- Real-Time translation into English of live coverage, Yokoso News
- New York Times The Lede is live-blogging the latest developments.
- Wikipedia has a developing reference page.
- TWIMPACT is a realtime twitter analysis site translating Japanese tweets into multiple languages.
- Google Crisis Response page – links to telecom bulletin boards, transportation info, and utility info.
- Google Map showing location of emergency shelters.
- Google Person Finder – if you’re looking for someone or want to let someone know you’re ok.
- TimeOut Japan resource page has sections listing public shelters and emergency messaging services.
- Bic Camera and Apple Stores are offering a free re-charge on your cell phone.
- If you need water, Suntory vending machines have emergency levers beneath a sticker on the upper-right corners. Pull the sticker off, pull the lever firmly and you’ll get free drinks.
- Free Wifi from Softbank, Livedoor, and FON
- OLIVE, Survive Japan wiki – survival tips and making do with what you have
How you can help
I am collecting a list over on another post.