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Active Philippines Response Digital Volunteer Projects

If you’re looking for a way to help with the situation in the Philippines, below are a few active projects that have been requested by the official response to the typhoon. If you know of any other active digital volunteering projects please email the author and we’ll update this post: Stand By Taskforce has been […]

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7.2 magnitude earthquake in Turkey – CrisisCommons monitoring situation

A few hours ago a 7.2 earthquake hit eastern Turkey 16km from the city of Van according to the USGS. According to both CNN (video below) and the AP, there appears to be significant damage. Here is a live stream from Turkish television on the quake. CrisisCommons is currently monitoring the situation and is open to requests […]

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Recent tornadoes presenting new challenges for social media warning systems

The tornadoes that have left many communities in the US devistated in recent weeks have shown us – among the tragedy and incredible fortitude of the survivors and response organizations – new challenges and uses of how social media has to be employed. In the past, CrisisCommons has offered support and online coordination for earthquakes, […]

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Notice: Christchurch earthquake map to no longer be maintained as of March 11

Below is an announcement from CrisisCampNZ about the group’s decision to no longer maintain/update the main Christchurch Recovery Map website as of March 11: As things in Christchurch begin to switch from ‘response’ mode to ‘recovery’ mode, we have consulted with people on the ground in Christchurch on the future of the site. Given […]

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Monitoring 6.3 earthquake near Christchurch, New Zealand – Updated

CrisisCommons is currently coordinating our efforts over Skype, on our a dedicated Wiki page and along with Ushahidi reporting on the situation at There has been a major aftershock / earthquake in New Zealand centered near Canterbury / Christchurch, which suffered a devastating 7.0 earthquake in September 2010.The USGS has the quake at 6.3 (the Australian […]

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Twinkles: Sloan Foundation Awards CrisisCommons Two-Year $1.2 Million Grant

Update: Press Release from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars [12/15/2010] We have come a long way together in the last year as a community and a concept, and today the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars was awarded a two year, $1.2 million dollar grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. This grant […]

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Monitoring 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake Outside Of Christchurch, New Zealand

We are tracking the situation in Christchurch, New Zealand after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck outside of the city at 4:35am local time. We will continue to monitor reports leading up to our CrisisCamp Marathon Weekend this weekend, which we had initially put together to assist the Pakistan flood relief efforts, but anyone that wishes […]

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Monitoring 5.7 earthquake in Puerto Rico

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck Puerto Rico at 1:16am on May 16, 2010 according the USGS. We will monitor the developing situation. For updates on our activities, please follow this blog and our Twitter account. Also, if you have information you wish to share, you may leave that in the comments of this post or […]

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Updated: Monitoring 6.9 earthquake in Qinghai Province, China

We are tracking news and useful links on our wiki page. Please feel free to contribute any information from verified sources that you find. If you wish to volunteer to help, please email us. If you can read Mandarin, the best Twitter hashtag to follow is #qhdz Additionally, we are reaching out to Twitter users […]

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Monitoring 7.7 Earthquake off coast of Sumatra

UPDATE: The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has cancelled the tsunami warning. According to the USGS, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake just struck off the coast of Northern Sumatra in Indonesia. Crisis Commons volunteers are monitoring the situation and are ready to offer our assistance if needed. Please follow our Twitter account and the Twitter hashtag #crisiscamp […]

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