Google’s response to Japan’s earthquake and tsunami

While the news media has been brining us incredible and sad accounts of what’s happened in Japan, the response from Google has been different–and incredible in its own right.

Within hours of the earthquake and tsunami, Google had compiled a special site with information about local municipalities, a person finder that you can embed on your website, maps with overlays of all kinds of geological data, and a trove of useful information.

It’s all part of Google Crisis Response, which I had not realized was a formal group at Google until today. I think this is fantastic. Kudos to Google for being on the ball and leveraging their technology and prominence this way.

>> Link: 2011 Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami

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