Use Twitter Search to See What’s Happening After the Japan Earthquake

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.

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3 Responses to “Use Twitter Search to See What’s Happening After the Japan Earthquake”

  1. Kyle Reed March 11, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    this is an amazing resource.
    Honestly, this has to be one of the greatest use of technology.

  2. Kenneth March 23, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    Information is no better than it’s source and one doesn’t necessarily know the bias of the source or how factual the information they are receiving is. A case in point: When the space shuttle “Challenger” blew up, a dozen people told me that the vehicle disintegrated in the air. All day long TV broadcast a very clear film of the disaster. Finally, I took a look and I was surprised to see that the vehicle did anything but disintegrate, yet that is exactly what people who were watching the news throughout the day were saying.