Japan was rocked this morning by an 8.5 earthquake early this morning US time. (More specifically, the coast of Japan was rocked by an earthquake, thus triggering a Tsunami warning.) This is the fifth largest earthquake since they started recording them in the early 1900s.
One of the most effective ways to see what’s going on in real-time on the ground in Japan is by using search.twitter.com. Here’s how:
Go to Search.Twitter.com/Advanced
We’re going to need to big-gun parameters to narrow our search down to the actual location where people are being affected.
Use the “Places” and “Dates” Parameter to Search for Japan Earthquake
Narrow your search down to Sendai, Japan, the nearest large city to the earthquake’s epicenter. There was 300 dead by the initial rumble and subsequent tsunami waves.
Set the date to March 10, 2011. This will ensure you see all the tweets starting from when the earthquake hit.
View Results of People Affected by Earthquake
You may want to utiilize the “Language” parameter or translate the tweets once the results show.
You can see that people in the area most affected by the earthquake are tweeting pictures about the devastation:
Sending out signals that they are okay:
And even searching for people they care about:
Use Twitter to Pray for People in the Japan Earthquake
Most of the people who read this blog pray in some fashion or another. You can even use Twitter to stay up-to-date on how people are praying for Japan. Simply follow the #prayforJapan hashtag and you’ll see lots of results like this:
Stay up to date. Stay informed. Use Twitter to shrink the world and be aware of how people on the other side of the world are being affected! Also, if you want to donate for the victims of the Japan earthquake, head over to The Move Project and donate, courtesy of Dwolla.