It’s mind blowing when stuff like this happens. I woke up today, walked my dogs, and the second I get in the door my wife says “did you hear, an 8.9 earthquake hit Japan and a tsunami wrecked pretty much the whole north east coast.” No, I hadn’t heard but I immediately jumped on the net to see what was going on. One of the most difficult things about times like these for the people involved is trying to track information, find loved ones and find some sense of order in chaos.
In steps Google again, they did this for the Tsunami in Indonesia, with a tool to save the day. At the 2011 Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Crisis Response Center you can, in Japanese or English, get news, write into a bulletin board, learn information about essential services connect with people via social networks and even keep track of maps showing locations of survivors etc..
I would gladly give up a technological breakthrough like XBox if somebody told me I had to chose between it existing and this tool, even though I’ve never personally had to benefit from it (thank you and knock on wood). Google, in your quest to “do no evil” on this one I have to say, JOB WELL DONE.. honestly, thank you for this and please do more of this.