Social media resources for Japanese earthquake, tsunami coverage

Following the earthquake in Japan, and tsunami warnings across the Pacific Coast, Twitter has been abuzz with news and concern.

Fishing boats crash into one another in the boat basin at Crescent City, Calif., as one of a series of tsunami surges slams into the harbor. (Jeff Barnard/AP)

Two primary hashtags — #tsunami and #prayforjapan — are trending on Twitter with thousands of tweets per second discussing the topic.

The Houston Chronicle is using Storify to track social media highlights. Below we have linked to a selection of hashtags, reporters and eyewitnesses covering the event. If you find other valuable resources online, please leave a link in the comments. (See also our quick guide to understanding tsunamis.)

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Twitter @TomokoHosaka

Associated Press reporter in Japan

Twitter @hiroko_nakamura
Interpreter and business consultant in Japan

Twitter @tamegoeswild
British citizen living in Tokyo

Twitter @JarrodLentz
American who moved to Tokyo in March, posting photos

Twitter @Good_People
Australian who has lived in Tokyo for 7 years

Sree Sreenivasan is maintaining a resource list on Facebook that includes links to videos, news sources and social media feeds.

Related Hashtags:

California Tsunami

Twitter @KQEDNews

Hawaii Tsunami

Twitter @StarAdvertiser
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Twitter @Gene Park
Star Advertiser reporter
Twitter @apindmz
Star-Advertiser online producer
Online-only publication
Civil Beat, community news live blog
Twitter @DanZelikman
Civil Beat community host

Twitter #HItsunami

General Earthquake and Tsunami Coverage
Twitter #tsunami
Twitter @BBCBreaking
Twitter @BreakingNews
Twitter @AlertNet

Twitter @Producermatthew
Matthew Keys

Twitter @CraigatFEMA
FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate

YouTube – CitizenTube
Collection of earthquake videos

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  • Rasmus Joergensen

    I would like to point you to (Full Disclosure: I am an employee) The site allows you to browse social media like twitter, youtube and flickr based on location and create communities around locations.

    We build in the possibility to directly translate tweets in the site on Saturday after people started using bubbleby to do social media research on the terrible disaster in Japan and then copy/pasted tweets in Japanese to “google translate” in order to read them in English.

    This link will take you to Japan: has also been named a great tool for journalists to create stories around locations: .

    And also we write on our blog about using as a tool for online journalism:

  • Dan Zelikman

    Thanks for the mention guys, we did what we could. Thoughts are still with Japan.

  • Steve Woodward

    Don’t forget Nozzl! We have side-by-side real-time streams: one for tweets, one for worldwide mainstream media. The tweet stream contains all the relevant hashtags, and the media stream includes both reporter tweets and website posts. We intend to keep the streams running for the next several weeks.

    We’re also continuing to stream coverage and tweets from the Feb. 21 New Zealand earthquake (