Chile earthquake: Resources, reactions online

By Liz Heron

Thousands of people are going online to share information about the massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck central Chile early this morning, and the tsunami warnings in effect for Hawaii and other Pacific Ocean lands. Note that much some of these resources are in Spanish, but can be converted to English through Google's translation tool. Here are the latest updates and resources for following the situation on the web:

Updated 12:07 p.m.

UStream, the "social stream" that allows viewers to interact via Twitter and site comments, is now running live local Hawaii TV coverage of tsunami preparation, in addition to its Chilean TV stream.
Live TV by Ustream

Updated 11:23 a.m.: Estimated arrival of tsunami

Time lines referring to number of hours after the earthquake struck. (Image from the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center) has a map produced by the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center showing estimated arrival times for potential tsunamis across the Pacific ocean (hat tip @journalisti).

Updated 10:00 a.m.

Picfog is collecting all photos posted to Twitter that are related to the earthquake in Chile.

Online crisis-mapping Web site is asking people to contribute to their editable Google spreadsheet of the best online sources - news media, blogs, Twitter feeds and others - to watch for the latest information on the earthquake aftermath.

A team of Google developers has created the "Chile person finder", a simple database for those who are looking for someone in Chile or have information about missing persons.

The Red Cross in Chile is posting minute-by-minute updates to their Twitter account (in Spanish): @CruzRojainforma. You can also follow the International Red Cross in English.

A tsunami warning is in effect for almost every country in the Pacific Ocean, including Hawaii -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has tsunami evacuation zone maps for Hawaii. Tsunami waves are also likely to hit Asian, Australian and New Zealand shores within 24 hours of the earthquake. The U.S. West Coast and Alaska, too, were threatened.

Tens of thousands of people are watching live Chilean television coverage on, a "social stream" that allows viewers to interact via Twitter and site comments.

Condolences and news about the quake are flying around Twitter.

The U.S. State Department is encouraging those who want to ask for or provide information about U.S. citizens in Chile to call 1-888-407-4747.

The Washington Post World desk is collecting reports from readers who are in Chile or in touch with friends and family there via our Twitter feed, @postworldnews.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

February 27, 2010; 10:05 AM ET  | Category:  world
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There's alot of eathquakes happening, what's causing this?

Posted by: ECA4 | February 27, 2010 12:02 PM

It's amazing how quickly, and how orderly and efficiently, this online emergency system seems to kick in. An earthquake in Chile? OK, fire up Twitter, get the Google Translator rolling, stand by for video feed and set aside space for Facebook donations. It doesn't matter than it happened at 1:30 AM EST in a country thousands of miles away.

It's almost like the online community has volunteered to be the media/communication arm of modern emergency response. Amazing.

Posted by: Airbuilder7 | February 27, 2010 12:08 PM

This is all due to global warming. Not only was there an earthquake today but a cold front is moving in and all those left homeless will be Chile tonight. And then just as soon as they get used to getting cold, once the sun comes out tomorrow, it will be Hot Tamale.

Posted by: FridayKnight | February 27, 2010 1:06 PM

USGS monitoring of South America Region Quakes:

USHAHIDI Txt/SMS and e-mail reporting system, resource finder, disaster mapping "crowdsourcing":

# SMS/Text International: +44 762.480.2524.
# Email:
# Twitter: #chile or #terremotochile

Thanks to all!

Posted by: thardman | February 27, 2010 2:43 PM

"There's alot of eathquakes happening, what's causing this?"

Same as Haiti: Chile is situated on a tectonic plate boundary where there are always more earthquakes. Chile has a long history of strong earthquakes. The 1960 Valdivia quake is the strongest ever recorded.

Posted by: presto668 | February 27, 2010 2:47 PM

It's all Barack Hussein Obama's Fault and
he mad Mother Nature Mad so this is her own

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | February 27, 2010 8:46 PM

"There's alot of eathquakes happening, what's causing this?"

Human obesity. Earth has finally had it with us.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | February 27, 2010 10:46 PM

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