High Tech Relief

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The world is witnessing a disaster and now we’re getting some high tech relief.

Japan has suffered though a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and a deadly tsunami. Aftershocks still rattle the region amid fears of nuclear reactor meltdowns. And some of the biggest tech companies are stepping in to offer help as rescuers continue their searches and clean-up gets underway.

Silicon Valley based Google has an online “people finder” for people seeking information about a loved one. You can go to this site to post information about who you are looking for or you can post information about a person you have found. Microsoft is offering free technical support and temporary software licenses to help companies impacted by the quake. They have also pledged $250,000 in cash.

Twitter is working to organize all the information flowing through their pages. The company suggests people use certain tags for general earthquake information, rescue requests and other related information. Finally Amazon and Yahoo have links on their home pages where people can donate to the relief efforts, as does CBS News. Good places to make sure the money you give goes to a legitimate group, not a scam artist.