In the early afternoon of March 11th a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck just northeast of Japan. The earthquake, the seventh largest in history, caused widespread damage around Japan and triggered a tsunami. The effect of the latter is still being felt as it hits locations around the Pacific Rim.

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.

  • http://twitter.com/sahnetaeter Chris Dennenmoser

    I am @sahnetaeter and member of @humanityroad (www.humanityroad.org)

  • http://www.survivingnjapan.com/ Ashley

    There’s a lot of good information & resources coming from non-journalists as well, actually.

  • http://twitter.com/adspedia adspedia

    We have published FREE PanicButton app for both Android and iPhone to help people in Japan locate their loved ones or for local emergency services to locate their staff going into devastated areas and send SMS to a designated mobile number with their GPS location.

    Download the free apps from these URL’s:

    For Android: https://market.android.com/details?id=ro.aclsoftware.panicbutton

    For iPhone: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/red-panic-button/id422029296?mt=8&ls=1

    God bless the Japan people!

    Best regards,
    Val Vesa

    New Media
    http://www.RedPanicButton.com

  • Anonymous

    I always follow Twitter for latest hot topic news. I first of all saw news of the earthquake in Japan on Twitter. It is a good social networking site. There are so many badly effects of earthquake in Japan.

  • http://twitter.com/AmySenese Amy K. Senese

    Looking for Miyagi-Prefecture related twitterers…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708400956 Quang Sun

    The two really great ones to follow that are in Tokyo are:

    @HirokoTabuchi
    @TimeOutTokyo

    These guys are tirelessly sending updates.

  • http://twitter.com/tvnewsradio tvnewsradio

    You can also follow live streams and real-time updates from following places here: http://tvnewsradio.com/blog/internet-tv/japan-tsunami-watch-and-follow-live-streaming-and-real-time-updates/

  • Tzarimas Helen

    Thanks for this piece. If it helps, I’m an ABC (Australia) journalist and I’ve curated a good list of people and organisations live tweeting from Japan. It can be found here –> @Tzarimas/japan or @Tzarimas/japan-21 (depending on how Twitter’s feeling). Cheers, Helen

  • Carmen Navarro Gómez

    Check also the following blog: http://www.biginjapon.blogspot.com

    Adrián Navarro lives in Tokyo, and describes his experience. Interesting to compare to news given in the mass media.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tiebo-Jacobs/100000576940305 Tiebo Jacobs

    The @KoiQuestion team post some interesting stuff about the situation in Japan from anther perspective. The cover Niigata mostly zooming in on the Japanese Koi farmers and they wrote some great articles about it on their blog http://www.koiquestion.com too. You definetly have to read this one: ‘ ‘Today’s Samurai of Fukushima performing Seppuku’ at http://wp.me/p1py0Z-25