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
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 Ushahidi.com 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.
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 UStream.tv, a "social stream" that allows viewers to interact via Twitter and site comments.
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
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