Japan 2011 Tsunami Google Person Finder


Google has launched a Person Finder for anyone looking for someone affected by Japan's 2011 Tsunami, or anyone with information about someone there.

As of this moment, this site is tracking close to 60,000 records. Importantly, you can find at a single website emergency telephone numbers and message boards, including the most current information about transportation in Japan.

I hope that you find this resource useful as Japan begins its recovery from this devastation.

Below is an overview; the live links can be found at the Google Person Finder site here. It is available in both English and in Japanese.

2011 Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami

Quick links


â¢Useful maps

â¢Latest news


A massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific Ocean nearby Northeastern Japan at around 2:46pm on March 11 (JST) causing damage with blackouts, fire and tsunami. On this page we are providing the information regarding the disaster and damage with realtime updates.
The large earthquake triggered a tsunami warning for countries all around the Pacific ocean.

Local Japan Emergency dials:

171 + 1 + line phone number to leave a message

171 + 2 + line phone number to listen to the message


Alarm and warning

â¢Japan Meteorological Agency Tsunami Warnings/Advisories

â¢Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency

â¢Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

â¢Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet (Japanese language)

Disaster message boards

â¢NTT Docomo disaster message board

â¢KDDI/au disaster message board

â¢SoftBank disaster message board

â¢EMOBILE disaster message board

â¢WILLCOM disaster message board

Transportation status

â¢Trains, buses (Japanese language)

oJR East (Tohoku)

oJR East (Kanto)

oTokyo Metro

oOdakyu Electric Railway

oSendai City Transportation Bureau

â¢Flight status


Blackout information (Japanese language)

â¢Tohoku-Electric Power

â¢Tokyo-Electric Power (TEPCO)

â¢Hokkaido-Electric Power

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By Mary Woodley (not verified) on 24 Mar 2011 #permalink

This is a step in the right direction. Hats off to Google...

By Carla Lamothe (not verified) on 25 Mar 2011 #permalink