Use Social Media to Track the Chilean Earthquake

As with the earthquake in Haiti, social-media tools such as Twitter and other web-based resources have been a key source of information about the disaster, helping family members find out about their loved ones as well as letting authorities know where there are problems that need to be dealt with. We’ve collected some of the places you can look for further data and in-person reports, as well as ways of helping Chile recover from the quake. If you have any other resources you think people could use, please post them in the comments or email them to mathew@gigaom.com.

  • Twitter List: As it did during the Haiti earthquake, The New York Times has collected some Twitter accounts with information about what is going on in Chile.
  • Ben Casnocha: The entrepreneur and author has been tweeting details about the earthquake and its aftermath
  • Twitpic: People have been uploading images of the devastation in and around Concepcion, some of which have been collected by The Huffington Post.
  • Ushahidi: A site designed to act as a central clearinghouse for information about disasters such as the Chilean earthquake.
  • Livestream: A live video feed from Chilean TV via the Livestream service.
  • Person Finder: A Chilean version of a tool that Google originally created to help during the Haiti earthquake.
  • Map Maker: Google has also opened up the use of its mapping database for use by aid organizations, and people can help via the Chile Update Page. Google has a page set up with other resources, including the ability to click and donate to Unicef and other charities from the page.

Thumbnail photos courtesy of Twitpic, post photo courtesy of Google.

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