Google whipped up one of its customary crisis-response Websites to provide support information for those affected by the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that roiled the Pacific Ocean off Japan’s coast and triggered a tsunami March 11.
On the 2011 Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Google is offering real-time updates for the disaster, which is affecting other countries as the tsunami speeds across the Pacific.
The site includes emergency lines, sources for alarms and warnings, such as the Japan Meteorological Agency Tsunami Warnings/Advisories, a disaster bulletin board and even train information to help people evacuate.
A “person finder” tool helps people look for family and friends separated by the disaster. Google Maps and YouTube videos also chart the quake’s path of destruction:
Google offered such Websites for last year’s earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and the BP Gulf Oil Spill off the U.S. coast.