All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘disasters’

Twitter Expands Its Alert System

Twitter launched a new alert system for emergencies and other important information back in September. This morning, the company announced that it is expanding into the UK and Ireland. Nearly sixty accounts in the region have signed up to participate. These include 47 police forces in the UK, An Garda Síochána, the London Fire Brigade, the Mayor of London’s office, …

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Google Maps Shows Before/After Moore, Oklahoma Tornado Imagery

Google has a crisis response map for those affected by the giant tornado that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma. Included in that is imagery of the area from Google Maps. Google posted a before/after look at the area to its Google Maps Google+ account today: Google Maps7 hours ago We've published post-tornado imagery of Moore, OK on our Google Crisis Response …

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Tornado Death Toll Lowered: One Bright Spot In Oklahoma Storm Story

The estimated death toll for the giant tornado that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma on Monday was drastically lowered today. While earlier reports had at least 51 people dead, including 20 children, the numbers have been revised to 24 confirmed dead, including 9 children. State officials announced this morning that fewer people had been killed than previously thought, with a spokesperson …

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You Have To See This Incredible Video Of The Oklahoma Tornado Forming

There has been a lot of terrifying imagery of the tornado that terrorized the Oklahoma City area on Monday, but this incredible video shows the formation of the storm in Newcastle, OK. “The birth of the May 20, 2013 tornado at Newcastle, OK. It Moved from there to Moore where it turned into an F4. God be with its victims,” …

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Oklahoma Tornado Photos Are All Over Reddit

A tornado, which reached an estimated width of two miles at one point, ripped through Oklahoma on Monday afternoon, leaving at least 51 people (including at least 20 children) dead, and an enormous path of destruction in its wake. On Tuesday morning, emergency workers continue to search for more victims. Update: apparently some of the victims were somehow counted twice, …

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Second Sinkhole Appears in Tampa Bay Area

It appears that the Earth may be attempting to swallow Tampa Bay, Florida. Less than one week after a sinkhole reported to be 30 feet across pulled a man named Jeffrey Bush to his death, Reuters is reporting that a second sinkhole has appeared in the Tampa area. The new sinkhole opened up underneath a fence and no injuries have …

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Donate to Hurricane Sandy Relief While Using iTunes

Apple and the American Red Cross have partnered to help superstorm Sandy survivors by adding a donation page to iTunes this morning. From the iTunes homepage, you can access the donation page via a new button just under the new music box. The donation page allows you give in six different denominations – $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, and $200. …

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“We Are Ok” Is Facebook’s Top Term Following Hurricane Sandy

Yesterday, as the east coast was preparing for Hurricane Sandy’s landfall, FEMA sent out a few tweets suggesting that those affected by the storm refrain from making voice calls on their cellphones. Instead, FEMA suggested that people text or better yet post Facebook updates and tweets in order to let their loved ones know that they are ok. This way, …

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Asteroid DA14 Misses Earth In Animated, Data-Backed Video

For those of you still fretting that Earth will get smacked with a 40 meter-wide asteroid next year even though reliable experts have said that these fears are overstated, here’s a computer-animated rendering of how exactly Earth won’t be in any danger. Well, at least as far as asteroid 2012 DA 14 goes. The video, which was uploaded by YouTube …

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Google, World Bank To Improve Disaster Preparedness In Developing Countries

Within a generation, we will no longer leave the house. We won’t need to. Mobility will become obsolete. Similar to our regard to the appendix and nipples on males, feet will become lumpy appendages whose purpose we no longer remember. We will not be mobile but, rather, we shall be rollerblobby Twinkie sapiens who can travel every inch of Earth …

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See The Japan Earthquake / Tsunami Damage Through Before & After Street View

Back in March, a devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami caused massive damage to a large part of eastern Japan. A few months later, Google announced that they would be driving their Street View cars around, taking photos of the damage. They said that this would serve as a digital archive of the power of mother nature for future generations. Today, …

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Tropical Storm Katia Tracks in Irene’s Footsteps, Finds Disaster Fatigue on Twitter

Hurricane season is far from over, but it seems as though people are already feeling the effects – I’m talking about disaster fatigue. A complicated concept, it involves any of the following symptoms: General apathy, specific apathy toward any discussion of said event, hopelessness, anger over unchangeable circumstances, tendency to expect the worst, humor in response to frightening possibilities and …

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Mississippi Flood Photos from Google Maps Satellite Imagery

Google has put together a whole bunch of data and imagery from the Mississippi floods on Google Maps. On Google’s Lat Long Blog, Pete Giencke of the Google Crisis Response Team writes: Emerging as one of the worst flooding events along the U.S. waterway in the past century, the Mississippi River floods of April and May 2011 have caused widespread destruction …

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Social Media Disasters: The Do’s and the Don’ts

There are numerous examples in which companies really messed up on social media. For instance, remember Apple’s Antennagate incident or BP’s response to the Gulf oil spill? Both of these incidents resulted in a negative outcry toward both companies on social media channels.

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Google Steps In After San Bruno Explosion

Google often steps in when disaster strikes, helping people in Chile, China, Haiti, and Pakistan (among many other places) to date.  And now that fire’s claimed several lives and many homes in San Bruno, California, the company’s trying to render assistance again.

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BusinessWire Offers Free Haiti-Related Press Release Distribution

Popular press release distribution site BusinessWire, which is owned by Berkshire Hathaway, is offering its services for free to companies and organizations who are contributing to the aid of victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Such companies can push out free news releases with offers pertaining to supporting services, information, operations, and events directly related to rescue and recovery efforts.

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Google Launches Relief Site To Help Haiti

Survivors of the earthquake in Haiti are going to receive help from Google in a big way.  On a new Support Disaster Relief site, Google’s released satellite imagery of the destruction to spread awareness, created a list of relevant charities to encourage donations, and promised to contribute $1 million of its own money, as well.

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