Yesterday’s magnitude 8.9 earthquake triggered one of the largest Tsunamis in recorded history off the coast of Sendai, Japan. As of today over 398 people in about six prefectures are missing as a giant wave of mud, water and debris swept into rice fields and main roadways causing multiple fires and extensive infrastructure damage.
On the other side of the Pacific, Google has leveraged its huge information network in the form of disaster relief with its Japan Person Finder.
Although we are extremely wary of Google’s ever-present emergence as an information and data monopolizer, we have to give a thumbs up to the fact that Google is using its massive amounts of data connectivity and raw search capability to really assist in helping find the status of missing personnel during this disaster. Especially in a country where Internet connectivity is dense, this is a a particularly effective and simple means of assisting in the search effort. Check it out here.
We offer our condolences and best wishes for Japan in this dire hour. We hope everyone is safe and sound after this disaster!