October 22, 2014

Global+Online Responses to the Chilean Earthquake and Tsunami Warnings for Hawaii

Social and traditional news media have been reporting on the aftermath of the Chilean Earthquake all Saturday, including coverage of tsunami forecasts for the Americas, the Pacific Basin and Asia.

Having experienced the response and aftermath of the Asian Tsunami of 2004 in India, it’s a relief to see how far we have all come in disaster tracking and management.

NOAA & the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center have been providing constant updates regarding weather conditions for the affected regions in South America, together with updates on tsunami warnings for Hawaii and advisories for other Pacific islands & Asia.

Oxfam America has flown in an emergency team, including engineers, to respond to the disaster. The Red Cross is standing by after having pledged $50,000 from the International Response Fund towards Chilean relief activities. Other governments, including the EU, the United States & Germany have pledged individual help if and when needed by the Chilean government.

Ushahidi, an organization that is building a free and open source platform to crowdsource crisis information has stepped in as well: they have offered a long code by which people in need can communicate with others via mobile phones, and are also working to build a short code for the same purpose.

Ushahidi has also crowd-sourced two google docs: the first with local Chilean media sources to follow for Chile updates and the second with a list of online media coverage in both Spanish and English of the Earthquake response.

The disaster team at Google has also created a person finder in both Spanish and English, which is a fantastic resource.

Thanks to the free media streaming service UStream, the channel Hitsunami is covering both pre and post tsunami action in Hawaii 24/7.

At present, MSNBC is reporting that the Chile Earthquake death toll is at 147. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Chile: AIDemocracy will keep you posted on developments as and when we learn of them.

To receive direct updates, please check the following twitter feeds:

Red Cross

Oxfam America

Ushahidi

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