As I’m sure you’ve heard, Japan was hit this morning by a massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami. There are already a variety of Earth/Maps-related resources to provide information about the quake, and we’ll summarize them here.
The first is Google’s People Finder, a tool that they provide in these types of situations. You can also visit their Crisis Response page for much more information.
Next is also a Google Map showing the location of temporary shelters that have been set up in Japan.
Next is this Google Gadget, which uses the Google Earth plug-in to show real-time earthquake information world-wide.
Next is a map showing earthquake-related Tweets from Japan.
Lastly we have a collection of maps from the US Geological Survey that gives a lot more information about the quake and tsunamis.
[UPDATE: How you can help] To donate $10 to the relief efforts, users in the US can text “REDCROSS” to 90999 and users in Canada can text “REDCROSS” to 30333. You’re also encouraged to visit the Red Cross donation site and contribute there.
If you have more sources of useful geo-related data about the quake, please leave a comment and let us know.
(via Google Maps Mania and Visualizing Data)