Japan Earthquake – Must follow Twitter users.

Here is a list of must follow twitter users provided by the UN.

In response Google has created an information page on the earthquake and an tool to help find missed persons. Below are a list of Twitterers who have been reporting on the disaster.

#JPQuake — While not an actual person, this keyword (hashtag) is being used by Twitterers to label a message as being related to the earthquake. Browsing this tag is a good way of staying up to date on new information coming out of the disaster zone.

Tomoko A. Hosaka — A journalist for The Associated Press in Japan, she is a great source for recent non-social media reports on the aftermath, particularly from news sources.

Steve Herman — Mr. Herman is the Bureau Chief for Voice of America in North Korea. Since the disaster started he has been been providing minute by minute updates on events, especially on the impact in South Korea.

Julian Dierkes — A sociologist researching Japan and Mongolia, Julian has been focused on relaying information from local Japanese media.

Okorih Arumakan — Tweeting in both English and Japanese, @hiroko_nakamura has been relaying on-the-ground information about the earthquake’s aftermath.

Martyn Williams — Regularly a technology reporter and Bureau chief for IDF News, Martyn has been a key source of information on the earthquake since it struck.

Tokyo Reporter — @TokyoReporter is an unnamed journalist and photographer in Tokyo and has been a big source of raw news reports of the impact of the earthquake and the tsunami.

This short list of Twitterers is just the start, Globe and Mail reporter Mark Mackinnon is putting together an extensive list that Twitter users can subscribe to directly.   Please add your own suggestions in the comments.

I would also like to add the BBC Live Blog as well. LINK


4 thoughts on “Japan Earthquake – Must follow Twitter users.

  1. cmaukonen

    Bare in mind when listening to news from Japan that these are the same people who use to refer to WWII as “That Unpleasantness in the Pacific”.

  2. Thanks for these, C. Today when I got to work I had some emails from my partner company in Tokyo. They are unable to ship anything to us right now because Fed Ex is cut off due to the rolling power outages. They hope to get shipping again tomorrow or Wednesday, but can’t say for sure.

    I also don’t know how badly our mill was damaged during the quake. I think they are still doing an assessment of the machinery when they have power on to do so.

    Everything right now is kind of up in the air, as is to be expected. I am grateful they are in southern Tokyo and not further up north, but with everything going on right now the whole eastern part of the country is in danger and it worries me greatly. I let them know that everyone in the States is thinking of them. Small comfort but comfort all the same.

    1. cmaukonen

      I am glad that it has not impacted your company too severely so far. I am afraid that there will be a significant impact though on a number of the smaller high tech companies here as availability of Japanese parts will be hampered. Sony and NEC and Hitachi and other firms have stopped production for the immediate future. Mostly do to the power shortage and also because a number of the shipping ports have been severely damaged.

      I feel that the fall out (pun intended) will be felt for some time.

  3. cmaukonen

    FYI From BBC.

    2340: Tokyo Electric officials are now holding a news briefing. They say the blast at reactor 2 happened “near the pressure vessel”. They also confirm that some staff at the nuclear power plant are being evacuated.

    0005: Radioactive materials are feared to be leaking at Fukushima, Kyodo reports quoting a safety agency.

    0013: An article in the Japan Times says: “The radioactive fuel rods at the No. 2 reactor of the Fukushima No. 1 power station were fully exposed at one point Monday, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said, raising the possibility that it suffered a partial core meltdown.”

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