Chile/2010 2 27 Earthquake

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Resources and Communities

Google Group Mailing LIsts:

  • CrisisMappers Chile: [[1]]
  • Ushahidi: sipa-ushahidi-management (at)
  • CrisisMappers (larger community): [[2]]
  • Projects List for CrisisCommons: [[3]]
  • General CrisisCommons: [[4]]

Crisis Commons Planning - Chile


Twitter Hashtag #crisiscamp - if you are working on a specific part of the response (i.e. the Chile quake zone, tsunami, etc) please add an additional hashtag, i.e. #tsunami #OSM #chile #earthquake #chile #terremoto #terremotochile

Chilean Technology Community

Chilean medias

If you search for the hashtag #terremotochile in Twitter you will find a lot of tweets about the earthquake, the downside is that they are mostly in Spanish, but at least you would be able to check the photos and videos.

There are many local newspapers and TV channels, but most of them are in Spanish:

There is also an English online newspaper but it is slower than the bigger ones with the news and it is not working for my right now.

Projects: How to Help


This project is moderately technical. As reports and imagery comes in, we will need help to edit OpenStreetMap. [

Note: OpenStreetMap already has good coverage in the larger urban areas of the region but smaller towns and villages are likely to be less well mapped or only the through roads are present. The epicentre of the earthquake was stated to be here.

OpenStreetMap have set up a 2010_Chile_earthquake wiki page, to coordinate efforts.

If you are unfamiliar with OpenStreetMap, you will need to spend about an hour getting used to it first.

  • To get started visit OpenStreetMap. Set up an account by clicking on ‘sign up’ in the top right hand corner of the screen.
  • Once you are logged in, select an area by typing a place name or postcode into the search box on the left hand side of the screen.
  • Select the ‘Edit’ tab (along the top of the map). You will see an aerial view of the area provided by Yahoo (this is not available for all areas) and any mapping that has previously been entered.
  • Click the ‘Help’ button (bottom left hand side) and follow the instructions. (tutorial video).

When you familiar with using OpenStreetMap, you can use satellite imagery (as it comes in), old maps from the CIA and military, and other sources. Many of the imagery and map sources are setup in OpenStreetMap's editor (Potlatch) (accessible from the edit tab). If you can get in touch with people who have a local knowledge of affected areas that would be great.

You may find these links helpful:

Ushahidi Media Monitoring


Volunteers interested in adding resources to CrisisWiki should go to and follow instructions on the homepage. We need people with local knowledge of impacted areas (Chile, Hawaii, etc) to research things such as emergency preparedness resources, govt resources, aid information, charities, etc, and post them to the wiki.


Ushahidi is a way of mapping incidents occurring related to the crisis, which helps to determine where help is needed, etc. Crisis Campers can find reports of incidents online through twitter, facebook, etc, and submit them to Ushahidi. You can submit reports here:

Blog post from Ushahidi:

Video: How To use Ushahidi:

Basic How to steps

  • Ushahidi needs information on anything to do with buildings collapse, medical emergencies, vital communications, food distribution and water distribution. If you find any viable information please add this to Ushihidi.


1) Sign up to monitor media sources here [[5]]. This helps us make sure all relevant sources are being monitored and avoid duplication. Just remember to delete your name from the sign-up if you stop working.

2) When you find reports of emergencies and requests for assistance in specific places, input the data on this form [[6]] (it's only in English, but the Spanish version is coming soon). We recommend using for finding street addresses and google earth for locating lat/long coordinates.

3) Someone in the Ushahidi situation room will enter your report onto the Ushahidi site.

More detail to augment: Simple Tasks Anyone Can Do

The instance:

Information necessary to submit an Ushahidi Online Report:

  • Report Title
  • Description
  • Date and Time
  • Categories
  • - (Pick one: emergency, threat, vital lines, response, other, persons news)--> these may be different for Chile
  • Optional Information
  • - (First Name, Last Name, Email)
  • Location
  • Refine location name (make a name for the location)
  • News source link
  • Video link
  • Upload photos

Tweek the Tweet

Kate Starbird (@kate30_CU) and Sophia B Liu (@sophiabliu) from [Project EPIC]] team are helping to deploy and distribute the Tweak the Tweet syntax or format specific to #chile. We have developed, evolved, deployed, and technologically leveraged a hashtag-based syntax to help direct Twitter communications for more efficient data extraction for those communicating about the Chile earthquake disaster. Use requires modifications of Tweet messages to make information pieces that refer to #missing, #location, #status, #needs, #damage and several other elements of emergency communications more machine readable. We have gotten volunteers to help us translate our Tweak the Tweet prescriptive examples and instructions to spanish and chilean (or rather spanish slang) but we need help on some this to double check with local Chileans.

This is a Google Doc with the prescriptive tweets in spanish and chilean:

The above site also lists the hashtags currently being used in #chile as well as the regexes we are using to parse into records.

This is a Google Doc with the TtT Instructions (we need more translation help on this):

We created a TtT Editor in english and spanish to help people create tweets with the TtT syntax:

Kate Starbird is using search scripts to update this Google Spreadsheet with tweets using the TtT syntax:

We are currently trying to push the syntax to our Chilean contacts via Twitter.

Simon Twigger (@simon_t) has created a website showing some tweets using the TtT syntax but they are not filtered entirely for TtT here:

We would like to have more tools up that will use Tweets in the TtT syntax so that people can see examples of its usefulness. CHILE

An easy-to-search, publicly generated, data-driven application to monitor the activities and effectiveness of organizations soliciting donations for disaster relief.

After disasters, hundreds of millions of dollars are raised and little is known about where the money goes and what organizations are actually doing on the ground. aggregates specifics to improve transparency.

NEED: 1) online research and data entry volunteers (contact b.estherstein (at) 2) Drupal Developers (contact benguhin (at)

Chile Red Cross: Cruz Roja Chile

  • [[7]]
  • Please list local organisations and what help they need / Por favor incluyan organisaciones chilenas locales y el tipo de ayuda que necesitan

Chile Ayuda People Finder

The objective of this project is to support people search, by obtaining, consolidating and making available relevant information for locating missing persons, supporting the search process and provide confort to the people close to the missing individual.

People Finder

This is a people searching interface hosted on the Chile Ayuda Home Page[8].

  • The search can be configured to use different types of sources, right now we are using 2 main sources, a mysql database which downloads the data from Google's person finder webpage [9], and a twitter source.
  • It allows to search by the person name and location.
  • There is a mobile interface in developing which integrates with the API of this service.
  • The data downloaded from google is extracted and kept updated by two scripts that are permanently running in order be up to date with Google's person finder data.
  • Next steps in this project includes to add more data sources like Facebook, using the info stored in the database of our facebook application, and all kind of sources information that can be useful for finding missing people.
  • It would useful to extract structured data from the twitts, such person name, status and location.

Facebook Friends Finder

This is a facebook application which uses the friends network of the missing persons, as a source of information to locate it. The main value of this application is to provides information about the location and the status of someone (User John), to a person worried about it (User Bob). The application flow is the following:

  • The user Bob login into the application.
  • Bob declares to be worried about the location and status of someone of his friends (John), by providing all the information, as far as he knows, useful to find John, such last time it was seen it, phisical description, etc.
  • The application post to the wall of the missing user John, that Bob is worried about John showing the information provided by Bob.
  • This put into awareness the John's friends network, about the missing status of their friend, and encourage them to provide any information, available to them, helpful to figurate out the John's status and location.

The first release of the application is ready [10]

Our ideas for a next release:

  • Be able to search information about the friend i'm worried about in our search engine, in order to link the data from the persons facebook account to external data existing, for example in the Google Person Finder database.
  • Be able to add information about missing people or status update to Google person finder, when someone using the facebook application reports or contributes with info a friend missing.

Collaborative People Finding.

This is a service which allows to any voluntier to obtain and publish more information about a missing person.

The value of this application is to use people who wants to help from their homes, here is how it works:

  • Bob wants to help, so he submit his email and location (optional) onto our web form, which is in a widget.
  • Bob receives on his email a list of 5 people missing in the location he entered, or 5 random if he didn't entered one. And the instructions to upload the information he gathers on the internet or with his net of contacts in the area.

Work in Progress:

  • The widget to receive information (100%)
  • Collect 5 missing people from the location entered or 5 random (30%)
  • Send the email to the volunterr (30%)

Upload Data Interface

The main goal of this project is be able to use the Google Person Finder API to upload information collected in other places, like our webpage making it easier for people to report missing people and their updated status or to connect the information gathered with our Facebook application with Google, to name just a couple of examples.

Work in Progress:

  • Right now we are working on making an interface from our page to update information directly to Google Person Finder (80%).


  • Build an interface to insert a new person missing into Google Person Finder
  • Adapt both of our services to work like webservices, in order to be able to connect all the information gathering information with Google.

Data Integration

This is a transversal project focussed on the gathering of data valuable to the searching of the missing people. The value of this project is the improving of the searching capabilities of the people finder tool, centralize and publish all the gathered data, to enable the community to exploit the data and obtain valuable information to support the search of missing people.

The current status of this project is:

  • It is setting up a server with virtuoso[11], this is an open source platform for data access, integration and management. This is a useful tool because has capabilities to store data and easily publish it online and submit queries.
  • Gathering and publishing data from Google's person finder[12]. We are downloading the data using the API.
  • It would be interesting to gather and structure the data from twitter.
  • We are gathering data from goverment, such people id, and locations.
  • Suggestion and the providing of new information sources valuable to the search of people.
  • Encourage the community to use the data. The extraction of useful information and the development of helpful tools, to support the missing people searching task.

CrisisCamp Chile 20-03-2010


Information Sources


Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System:

Hawaii Civil Defense site

Checked Hawaii evacuation maps site and their WMS runs off the same server. Site advises Hawaiians to use the maps in their phone books. When the WMS is online, it uses the format,21.453068633086783,-158.115234375,21.53484700204879&width=256&height=256&format=image/gif&transparent=true&BGCOLOR=0xFFFFFF&reaspect=false

Australian Tsunami Warning Center

New Zealand Civil Defense / Emergency Management Alert