When disaster strikes, Internet and Social Media help connect April 5, 2010

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Living in Los Angeles we’ve become pretty used to earthquakes – or as used to as one can be for these unpredictable disruptors. But yesterday’s 7.2 earthquake in Baja California that came a little too close to home got me thinking. With earthquakes seeming to strike with much more frequency of late, the Internet and Social Media have stepped up to play an increased role in how we are not only getting information, but how we connect to make sure our loved ones are alright and to send our thoughts and prayers to those affected by nature’s devastation.

Although it’s been around for a few years, the USGS earthquake map is one of the coolest things to track earthquake activity.

Before I listened to the news, I went directly to this site to see where the activity was and how much more activity had recently happened.

And because I’m kind of a geek like this, I have been following @earthquakesLA – a bot-like service that reports on all earthquake activity in the Los Angeles County area.

Not that it gives me any sort of advance notice or anything, but I check it every now and then to see where the little tremblers are taking place.

Twitter is still a buzz with #earthquake news and comments from those who felt is as far away as Phoenix. When my sister, who lives on the California /Arizona border, was unable to reach me at home or on my cell she,  along with many others like her, sent a note through Facebook.

And online media such as Mashable and Huffington Post compiled collections of pictures and YouTube videos.

With so many funny things to view and interesting status updates to keep track of, it’s good to know that Social Media can be a beneficial resource for us to stay connected during trying times as well.

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