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December 06 2013

Slippery Clay at Fault in 2011 Japan Earthquake

Slippery clay that looks like scaly black dragon skin is the crucial clue needed to explain the 2011 Japan earthquake's surprising impact, according to three studies published Thursday in the journal Science.

Scientists now have four lines of evidence (including a February 2013 study also published in Science) that help explain why Japan's earthquake-generating fault acted so weirdly during the 2011 temblor.

"It seems that frictional resistance at this location is getting close to zero, and we never really thought it could go so low," said Patrick Fulton, a geophysicist at the University of California, Santa Cruz and lead author of one of the studies. "This is definitely providing new ideas and challenging our understanding of earthquakes and fault ruptures." Read more...

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February 07 2012

October 23 2011

YouTube Spreads Images of Turkey’s 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake [VIDEO]

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake shook eastern Turkey Sunday at 1:41 p.m. local time. Across the world, we can watch images of the destruction, thanks to YouTube.

While we’ve seen Twitter boast that it’s faster than earthquakes, when it comes to getting news from a population across the world, YouTube uploads add a needed level of depth and imagery.

As many as 1,000 people are feared dead in the mountainous region, full of poorly constructed buildings, reports The Guardian. The worst affected areas are the towns of Ercis and Van, where 80 buildings and 10 buildings respectively have collapsed, including a student dormitory.

Residents of the affected areas are reporting lacks of food, water and shelter. Through YouTube, we can see exactly what the destruction they’re facing looks like.

Although a number of countries have pledged to help in the relief efforts, we are yet to see many campaigns mobilize online. You can donate to Global Giving, which is the first site we’ve seen with a targeted campaign set up.

Thumbnail image courtesy of Flickr user webbilgi.

More About: Earthquake, YouTube

October 20 2011

San Francisco Earthquake Shakes Twitter

A magnitude 3.9 earthquake struck the Bay Area Thursday afternoon, causing no known damage but leaving a spray of tweets in its wake.

The quake struck the Hayward fault line near Berkeley at 2:41pm local time, but was felt across San Francisco — interrupting VC meetings, podcasts and general productivity as the city rushed to share its experience on Twitter. One user noted the gently swaying artwork at the San Francisco MOMA.

As many tweets pointed out, the timing was appropriate: California had just conducted a statewide earthquake drill earlier in the day.

Twitter is fast becoming the earthquake service of record, as was seen during this summer’s Virginia earthquake and the horrific magnitude 9.0 that caused so much devastation in Japan in March.

As a now-famous xkcd cartoon noted, the speed of the Internet means it’s becoming increasingly common for Twitter users in outlying areas to read about quakes before they experience them.

More About: Earthquake, Twitter

June 17 2011

Social Media is Giving Birthdays Back to Disadvantaged Children

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Children hit by the Alabama tornadoes or the Haitian earthquake are getting a second chance to have a birthday.

When 16-year-old Morgan Burnard went to Haiti for her birthday, she didn’t know her impulse to help would turn into a non-profit organization. Burnard created Morgan’s Sweet Sixteen Foundation, a non-profit that is travelling to Haiti this July to give birthdays to 300 orphans.

The goal is to give the orphans a touch of happiness by celebrating something many Westerners take for granted. Ironically enough, many of the children don’t even know what a “birthday” is, so Burnard is calling it a “celebration of life.”

You can check out the foundation’s site or Facebook page for ways to help, videos, and information on the trip. Burnard, a Californian, is hoping to celebrate birthdays in a different country every year. [Ed: we had some trouble finding the non-profit's information on Guidestar.org.]

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Alabama’s Lost Birthdays has a similar approach but for U.S. children affected by the recent tornadoes in Alabama. The group is accepting donations of party items and presents and then tries to recreate the birthday plans for children 12 years and younger who had their birthdays — or worse — taken away from them.

Burnard’s campaign is a great example of teenagers helping out teenagers while the Alabama campaign shows the power of a community to support its own. What do you think? Amidst all the relief efforts, is it also important to help the emotional well-being of the community? Sound off in the comments.

Images courtesy of Alabama’s Lost Birthdays

More About: Alabama, alabama tornado, birthday, charity, child, Children, Earthquake, haiti, kid, non-profit, social good

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May 09 2011

Mexico City To Send Earthquake Warnings Via Social Media

Mexico City plans to start warning about earthquakes through mobile text messages and social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter.

The new alert system should launch by September 19, a date marking anniversary of the 8.1-magnitude Mexico City earthquake that killed about 10,000 people in 1985.

Currently, Mexico City employs an earthquake warning system with radio warnings and sirens that don’t always go off, and some citizens report they cannot hear them.

Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard, a likely contender in the 2012 presidential election, likes the idea for its simplicity. “I think we will have it in place soon, because it is not too complex,” he said. His administration is talking to several service providers to put the alert system in place.

Twitter has shown to be a valuable tool during disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis on numerous occasions. After the devastating tsunami that hit Japan in March, Twitter users shared the tsunami’s estimated times of arrival on U.S. shores before the government issued an official tsunami warning.

[via Reuters, AP]

More About: Earthquake, facebook, Mexico City, Mobile 2.0, twitter

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March 25 2011

8 Ways To Help #Japan After the Earthquake

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Despite some tentatively good news surrounding Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the country is still reeling from the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that hit its shores just two weeks ago.

There has been a huge outpouring of support for Japan as it weathers the aftershocks and aftereffects of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Social media has been no slouch with nearly countless campaigns aimed at donating money, supplies or lending support in any way possible.

Mashable brought you seven other ways to help, and we’re back with even more ways that you can assist the on-going relief efforts. Some are as lighthearted as a T-shirt from Snoop Dogg while others support on-the-ground rescue workers. Let us know how you’re helping.

How You Can Help

#Hands4Japan on Crowdrise

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Two Japanese-born venture capitalist brothers started a campaign on Crowdrise in support of the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter. They’ve offered to match donations until the campaign reaches its total goal of $1 million. In just four days, the brothers and their family raised more than $225,000 (with matching donations), at time of writing that number is nearly $325,000. The family said most of those donations were for amounts of less than $50.


twestival imageTwesitval is an international charity event that uses social media to help organize local meet-ups around the world. This year’s Twestival had several meet-ups planned for Japan but those had to be canceled because of the need for help following the earthquake and tsunami.

Instead, Twestival opened a special channel of its site where people can donate to Save the Children’s Japan Initiative.


The popular online payment site has offered to credit transactional fees incurred from March 11 to April 10 to any registered charity in the U.S. or Canada raising funds to aid Japan relief. (For the U.S., any 501(c)(3), and for Canada, any under the Canada Revenue Agency). PayPal members can also donate directly here (U.S.) or here (Canada).

Clothing & Shopping

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Threadless, the online clothing vendor jumped into the effort by running a short, crowd-sourced contest to come up with a t-shirt design that could be sold to help Japan. The winner, based on the theme “sunrise,” is available for $20. All of the net proceeds from the sale will be donated to the American Red Cross‘ Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund. The shirt is part of Threadless Causes, an initiative to help non-profits and causes through its sales.

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Snoop Dogg and Neff Headwear have teamed up to help Japan by creating a t-shirt in which all profits will be donated to Operation U.S.A.. The pair are hoping to raise $50,000 in funds in one week.

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Shop for Japan is a one-day global shopping event happening Saturday, March 26. Businesses can sign up at the site to pledge a percent of their revenue from that day to go toward charity. The site also has a list and map of participating stores.


tweetdrive imageThis social good community has organized #TweetDrive4Japan.

The campaign is an international series of tweets-ups from March 29 to 31 where 100% of ticket sales from each event will go to the Save the Children‘s emergency Japan relief fund.


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Ever since Haiti was hit by an earthquake, text-to-donate has been a huge trend — and a huge help — in times of need. The Japan crisis has spawned several options:

  • MobileCause has shortcodes for the Salvation Army (text “JAPAN” to “80888 for a $10 donation), the International Medical Corps (text “MED” to “80888″ for a $10 donation), and ADRA Relief (text “SUPPORT” to “85944″ for a $10 donation).
  • MobileGiving promises a 100% pass-through of all funds for shortcodes to Save the Children Federation (text “JAPAN” or “TSUNAMI” to 20222 to donate $10), World Vision (text “4JAPAN” or “4TSUNAMI” to 20222 to donate $10), the Mercy Corps (text “MERCY” to 25383 to donate $10), the Canadian Red Cross (text “ASIA” or “ASIE“ to 30333 to donate $5), and Canadian Salvation Army (text “QUAKE” to 45678 to donate $10).
  • Obopay lets consumers make larger donations (in the hundreds) that, according to Obopay, reach organizations faster than carrier-based text-to-donate plans. Donors can text “Japan” to “48510″ where they’re taken to a mobile payment site complete with electronic tax receipt.


jiwire imageJiWire has offered it’s location-based ad network of Wi-Fi hotspots and mobile apps by running a campaign in support for the Red Cross. The ads will let users know about nearby Red Cross locations as well as options to donate through text.

It’s a nice example of an ad platform maximizing its reach and geo-location possibilities to serve a good cause.


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Tumblr recently announced the addition of Japanese as the newest language option for the blogging network. Users will be able to change their language setting on the preferences page, opening new opportunities for outreach for native-speakers and supporters abroad. Users can also keep up with news from Japan on Tumblr’s #Japan tag page or donate to the Red Cross from the dashboard. Donating will unlock a Limited Edition Japanese Tumblr Logo and the company will match donations up to $15,000.

The last time Tumblr opened special features was its all-black background to promote awareness and raise funds following the Gulf oil leak.

Next Steps

Before donating to any sites or organizations, make sure you do a little bit of homework. It’s important to know about any transaction fees and to double check that the site will actually donate to the (registered) charity as promised. Disasters are unfortunately prime targets for scammers who try and play off the public’s genuine sympathy and desire to help. Organizations like the Red Cross are generally above-board and provide up-front information on how your money is being spent. It’s important to help in times of crisis, but it’s also important to make sure your support isn’t being misused.

There are definitely other ways to help the relief efforts outside of the options above. Please share in the comments your hashtags, newsfeeds, non-profits, campaigns or any other ways to help Japan.

Image courtesy of Flickr, Yashar.Mans

More About: charity, Earthquake, japan, japan earthquake, non-profit, social good, tsunami

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March 13 2011

Apple & Microsoft Take Different Approaches to Japan Relief

If you were trying to solicit donations for earthquake victims in Japan, what approach would you take? Take a look at how technology rivals Microsoft and Apple decided to handle this delicate situation.

First up, Microsoft. The company tweeted a plea on its Bing search engine Twitter account, offering to donate up to $100,000 for earthquake victims, but under one condition: that users would retweet the message, which would result in Microsoft increasing its donations by one dollar per retweet:

It’s straightforward enough, and sounds a lot like an offer we told you about yesterday from the nonprofit Explore.org, offering to contribute $1 for each Facebook “Like” of its “Dog Bless You” Facebook fundraising page received. That seemed to go smoothly yesterday, where we heard a few complaints but overall the reaction was positive.

Microsoft’s idea was not so well-received. Shortly after the company initiated its fundraiser, a backlash began, where some called the scheme a crass marketing attempt, and comedian Michael Ian Black told his 1.6 million Twitter followers in no uncertain terms that Microsoft should “stop using tragedy as a f***ing marketing opportunity.” The company soon withdrew the deal, offering instead to simply donate the $100K:

Next up, Apple. Instead of offering to contribute anything to the earthquake victims, Apple set up a special place(iTunes link) in its iTunes store, promising to deliver 100% of any donations to the Red Cross to benefit Japan. Apple’s iTunes donation page makes it as easy to help earthquake victims as it is to buy iTunes music, where as you can see, the suggested donations are in amounts of $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 and $200:

So that’s Apple’s technique — not to actually donate money, but to encourage everyone else to stop by the iTunes Store (and perhaps buy something else while they’re there), and help the poor souls laid low by the tragic quake and its ominous nuclear aftermath. Of course, Apple is donating something with this deal, because it’s not free to move boatloads of cash from one place to another.

What do you think of this, commenters? Should multibillion dollar corporations simply donate to these causes, should they try to get us involved, or should they just facilitate our donations? Are these crass attempts at capitalizing on horrific tragedy? Do nonprofits get a pass, as long as it doesn’t look like they’re self-promoting too much? Where do you draw the line?

More About: apple, charity, Contribute, donate, Earthquake, japan, microsoft, Victims

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March 12 2011

The ‘Godzilla’ Incident: Did Twitter Users Gang Up on CNN Earthquake Anchor?

To hear Twitter users tell it, last night on CNN was one of the most disreputable in the network’s history. “You might prefer streaming Al-Jazeera to watching CNN anchor giggle about Godzilla,” wrote blogger and NPR contributor Maud Newton, in a widely retweeted statement. “Disgusting,” chimed in hundreds of tweets. “F– you @CNN your anchor is giggling & talking about monster movies while you’re showing waves sweep entire homes away,” read another widespread retweet, originating from filmmaker and writer Aaron Stewart-Ahn. Many others called for the anchor to be fired.

In its defense, CNN tweeted today: “RE: questions about a CNN anchor laughing while covering the Japan earthquake, we checked. It appears it was a false post.” Moments later, the network’s Twitter feed added, “We checked on the Godzilla references too. That also appears to be a false post.”

So who is correct — CNN or the Twittersphere? An analysis of the transcript and the Twitter record by Mashable brings us to the following conclusions:

1) The anchor in question, Rosemary Church of CNN’s International Center in Atlanta, did not make any “Godzilla jokes.” One of her guests, an American eyewitness named Matt Alt, describing the video footage, said “these waves of debris, it is almost like a monster movie.”

Tweets at around this time slammed Alt, misidentified as a CNN reporter or anchor, for making a “Godzilla-esque” reference. Later retweets removed the “-esque.”

2) Church’s words could not be accurately described as “joking”. Her tone, clearly irksome to many viewers, is another question. An anchor with some serious news chops — she covered 9/11 and the fall of Slobodan Milosevic, among other major events — Church also has a bubbly, Australian-accented voice. Some of her statements around 2:15am ET, according to the Twitter stream, may have sounded inappropriately jovial. That’s when the earliest cluster of results for “CNN laughing” appear:

It was around this time that Church paraphrased Alt’s comment about his Japanese wife being used to earthquakes and issuing orders. “She made a small joke about a caller’s Japanese wife being calm,” tweets journalist Michael Corey. “The joke wasn’t offensive, just a joke in that situation was weird … But live TV is hard, so I cut her a little slack. Not much.” A CNN spokesperson admits that Alt “lightly chuckled,” but that there was no laughter.

Some minutes later, Church interrupted a reporter on the scene to say that she was being “flooded with tweets.” That set off another mini-firestorm on Twitter. Given the scenes of devastation on screen at the time, it was clearly a poor choice of words, but it does not appear to be an intentional joke.

3) In ascribing the criticism to “a false post,” CNN is incorrect. That suggests a single influential Twitter user was behind the criticism. In fact, as the screen above shows, it emerged spontaneously from multiple independent sources at the same time.

Granted, Twitter is something of a digital echo chamber. Stewart-Ahn’s tweet is still being retweeted, even after he admitted the misattribution (though he still believes Church covered the story “rudely and ignorantly” and still swears he heard her laughing.)

But pressed to locate the “false post” it tweeted about, even CNN itself admits there’s no single source. “I don’t know if anyone could point specifically to the flash point on social media that started the rumors,” says Bridget Leininger, a spokeswoman for CNN. “All I can say is that no one at CNN joked, laughed or made a Godzilla reference on our live coverage.”

Here, courtesy of Mediate, are some video clips of Church’s coverage:

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March 11 2011

Watch: YouTube Footage of Japan Quake [VIDEOS]

An 8.9-magnitude earthquake followed by a 10-foot tsunami hit the coast of Japan at 2:46 p.m. Tokyo time Friday. It was the most powerful recorded in the country’s history, and the seventh largest ever recorded worldwide.

Victims and concerned parties quickly turned to the web to share news and footage. With the country’s phone system down, tweets topped more than 1,200 per minute from Tokyo within the first hour of the quake. Both Ustream and Al Jazeera, among others, posted live video feeds online.

Citizens have also taken to Flickr and YouTube to share eyewitness accounts from inside their homes and public buildings, and from the streets with their neighbors. We’ve compiled five of the most illustrative here, most of which are from Tokyo, situated 230 miles from the earthquake’s epicenter. (According to early reports, the earthquake originated off the coast of Honshu, the most populous of Japan’s islands.)

Come across any additional, noteworthy footage? Please share it in the comments section below. You can also check out YouTube’s CitizenTube channel, which is continually updating a playlist with more content.

From an apartment in Tokyo.

From the sixth floor of a gym in Tokyo.

Goods litter the floor of a grocery store.

From a third floor apartment in in Minami-Asagaya, Suginami-ku Tokyo."This only covers about the last half of the intense stuff, total time lasted over three minutes. The motion started off as usual with side to side jerking but finished with more of a sinking and rising feeling with some side to side motion as well. All in all it was a huge jolt of adrenaline and I'm thankful my friends here are all safe," the videographer wrote.

Image courtesy of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

[via NYT, Social Times]

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Twitter Users React To Massive Quake, Tsunami In Japan

A powerful 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck the coast of Japan on Friday, causing widespread power outages, fires and a severe tsunami that was reported to be up to 10 meters high in places. It was the seventh most powerful earthquake in recorded history.

The reaction on Twitter, quickly becoming the go-to service in emergencies, was immediate and intense. Less than an hour after the quake, with the country’s phone system knocked out, the number of tweets coming from Tokyo were topping 1,200 per minute, according to Tweet-o-Meter.

In the U.S., West Coast Twitter users learned of the quake late Thursday night and were quickly sharing reports, prayers and video streams. Many favored the live Al-Jazeera feed; others offered a live feed from a Japanese station on Ustream. Meanwhile, hundreds of tweets criticized CNN’s anchor for laughing on air while reporting the tragedy.

On a more practical note, Twitter users shared the tsunami’s estimated times of arrival on U.S. shores — before an official government tsunami warning went into effect. The wave was expected to hit Hawaii first, at roughly 3am local time.

Google’s official feed posted a link to the Japanese version of its People Finder, for loved ones who have been separated.

Raw video from Japan, posted on the YouTube channel CitizenTube, is posted below.

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February 22 2011

Google Person Finder Helps Victims of New Zealand Earthquake Reconnect With Missing Loved Ones

Google has launched a Person Finder page in order to help victims of a powerful earthquake that hit Christchurch, New Zealand, on Tuesday reconnect with missing friends and families.

The website allows users to search a user-created database using a missing person’s name. If no match is found in the existing database, they can leave information about the person and a message for him or her. People can also leave information about themselves for their loved ones or add information they have about another person to the site.

At the time of writing, more than 6,500 records have been created.

Google created the Person Finder with the U.S. Department of State after the earthquake that devastated Haiti in January 2010. Since then, it has created Person Finder websites in response to the earthquake that hit Chile in February and the earthquake that hit China in April.

The search giant has also started creating crisis response pages that list emergency numbers, resources and real-time updates from Twitter and YouTube. The page for the Christchurch Earthquake includes the Person Finder, as well as a map of the destruction.

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September 07 2010

New Zealand Earthquake Visualized in Google Earth

A strong earthquake that hit Christchurch, New Zealand on September 4 was one of the worst to hit New Zealand in 80 years. No deaths have been reported, but the earthquake caused devastation throughout the region of Canterbury.

Flickr has put up a special page with some of the best user images of the earthquake, which show great damage on the buildings and structures in Christchurch.

Also, Google Earth Blog has posted a neat Google Earth visualization which uses data from Geonet. To see it, you must have Google Earth installed; download this KMZ file, and click the “play” button in the upper-left corner.

For more images of the Christchurch earthquake try this search on Flickr.

[Image credit: Benjamin on Flickr]

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More About: Christchurch, Earthquake, google earth, new zealand, visualization

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July 08 2010

May 16 2010

Puerto Rico Earthquake Survivors Immediately “Like” Facebook Page

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake hit Puerto Rico just over 60 miles from San Juan this morning. Thankfully, damage and casualties appear to have been minimal, but that didn’t stop an impromptu community from popping up on the web within hours of the event.

A Facebook page called “Yo tambien senti el temblor del 16 de mayo a las 1:06am en Puerto Rico!” (“I felt the earthquake May 16 at 1:06 AM in Puerto Rico, too!”) was formed within an hour of the rumble, and more than 11,000 people have “Liked” it in the morning and afternoon since then.

The page doesn’t serve a practical purpose; it isn’t a hub of citizen journalism or a tool for relief workers. Rather, it’s a place where a community of Internet users can connect and share anecdotes about the quake through wall posts and shared images, including one natural disaster-themed Kanye West “I’mma let you finish” parody.

We’ve seen Facebook groups and pages used to rally around other events and causes — talk show host Conan O’Brien’s scuffle with NBC over The Tonight Show and mocking teen pop idol Justin Bieber with an onion ring, to name a couple.

We keep seeing more examples of Facebook helping people to share experiences and values and save them for future reminiscing. It’s not unlike a high school or college year book that way.

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Tags: disaster, Earthquake, facebook, puerto rico, puerto rico earthquake 2010, social media, social networking

May 06 2010

Earthquake Rattles Peru, Tweets Pour In

A 6.5- or 6.4-magnitude earthquake has just hit parts of Peru and Chile, and tweets are flooding in from news sources and folks who were affected by the quake.

Blackouts are being reported, likely due to downed electricity poles, and at least 10 injuries have also been reported so far. Whether there were any casualties remains unknown, but only moderate damage has been seen so far. The epicenter of the quake was 25 miles west of Tacna, and it occurred at 10:42 p.m.

We have also heard that some people living near the Peruvian coast have evacuated their homes due to fear of a tsunami. Folks are using Twitter to share first aid information, including diagrams for treating fractures, and expressing feelings of concern for affected Peruvians.

We will update as more information becomes available.

We’re seeing an marked spike in the use of social media to spread news, find help and express condolences during and after natural disasters. Following the earthquake in Haiti several months ago, pictures swept across Twitter. The same happened following a Mexicali earthquake last month and recent flooding in the American South.

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Tags: Earthquake, peru, twitter

April 05 2010

Deepak Chopra Apologizes for Starting Earthquake on Twitter

A 7.2-magnitude earthquake was felt in California and parts of Mexico and the southwestern United States today, and alternative physician and transcendental meditation guru Deepak Chopra used his Twitter account to apologizing for causing it.

He was probably just kidding, but his tweets garnered several amused reactions regardless. Shortly after the earthquake occurred, Chopra tweeted out the following:

He explained further in his next tweet, saying:

CNN reports that the earthquake originated in Baja California at 3:40 PM Pacific time then spawned five aftershocks, including a 4.1-magnitude shake in the northern California town of Santa Rosa. There haven’t been any reports of significant casualties or damage despite the severity of the initial quake, but the quake was felt as far away as Phoenix, Arizona.

TwitPics have been floating around, but most of them show minor disorder like fallen items in convenience store aisles. It doesn’t look anything like what we saw out of Chile. However, Twitter lit up right away; “Baja California” is currently a trending topic.

Tags: baja california, california, celebrities, deepak chopra, Earthquake, quake, twitter

February 27 2010

Google Launches Chile Earthquake Person Finder

Google today launched a person finder to quickly connect those looking for missing people in Chile and those who have information.

The simple interface lets you choose between two options — “I’m looking for someone” and “I have information about someone,” then either query the database or enter new information. At the time of writing, the Person Finder app has 3,100 records.

The Person Finder is the same app used following the Haiti earthquake. We hope to see other tech companies stepping up to provide tools to assist people in Chile.

Tags: chile, chile earthquake, Earthquake, Google

Chile Earthquake: Twitter Pictures Tell the Story [PHOTOS]

chile earthquake imageThe magnitude-8.8 earthquake that rocked Chile early this morning was similar to many breaking-news events in that images from the disaster began spreading over social networks at lightning speed.

Chileans have been uploading and sharing photos of the terremoto Chile via Twitter and Twitpic, many commenting on the state of their neighborhoods, local streets, and the homes of family and friends.

Below are some of the photos that have been shared on Twitter today.

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Have you found any compelling photos of the quake in your social media travels today? Please share some links in the comments.

Tags: chile, Earthquake, twitpic, twitter

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