Friday, March 11, 2011

Google shows Tsunami Alert in its Home page

Google is showing Tsunami Alert in its home page

As of now, it is showing below message.

Tsunami Alert for New Zealand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Hawaii, and others. Waves expected over the next few hours, caused by 8.9 earthquake in Japan.

First time I am seeing a message/content in home page of Google.

I am not sure about how many people will notice this alert. Because, I had read somewhere that most of the people are using Google search from Toolbar. So, those people may not notice this message. So, Google may show this alert at top of result page also.

And, Google is providing lot of Tsunami related useful information and updates here as part of Google Crisis Response ( project). You can see useful map also. And, Google Map is showing  the places where open shelters are in Tokyo. It will be useful for the people who  stuck in the capital of japan without a means of getting home. And, this Map shows the places where free wifi is available.

You can see the latest Tsunami updates in this USGS site. And, BBC also giving updates about Tsunami.

I am not sure whether Google maps shows the Tsunami affected areas and warnings/alert in its Maps. If you know about it, you can share the link thro' the comments.

And, Google has started a Person Finder also. It is having two options (I'm looking for someone, and I have information about someone) . As of now, it is having  4100 records. It is available in both English and Japanese languages.

You embed this person finder in your website. Find below the embed code.

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Red Cross also providing similar service here.

The full list of countries and regions potentially affected by the tsunami is available on the website of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre

Japan has declared a state of emergency because of the failure of the cooling system at one nuclear plant, according to the Associated Press. Officials say there has been no leak of radiation.

US President Barack Obama offers his "condolences" to the people of Japan and says his country stands ready to help them after a massive earthquake and tsunami, the AFP reports.

The earthquake struck off the coast of north-east Japan, damaging buildings and sending a tsunami crashing on to coastal areas. Photo-BBC
See more stunning photos here.

You can watch the live coverage of Tsunami updates from Al Jazeera (English)

Japan's government has declared an emergency situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after a reactor cooling system malfunction. But officials say there is no radiation leaking. Some 3,000 residents living near the plant in Fukushima prefecture, north of Tokyo, have been told to evacuate the area.

The United States has transported coolant to a Japanese nuclear plant affected by a massive earthquake. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has informed that US will continue to assist Japan.

hotline for Canadians with friends/family who may have been affected 1.800.387.3124

Indian Minister Ashwani Kumar has told that there is No immediate danger to India because of tsunami.

The U.S. West Coast and Hawaii still face the possibility of risk from a quake-driven tsunami that passed Hawaii without major impact. - White House chief of staff Bill Daley

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