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Not long after the 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck Japan, reaction was seen online from around the world in a series of tweets, status updates and video posts.

Then came word of the tsunami in Japan, and the warnings for the areas outside of Japan.

Google reacted with a tsunami warning alert on their homepage. This came to my attention when Robert Hernandez (@webjournalist), assistant professor at USC Annenberg, tweeted about the update.

Source: @webjournalist

Google also launched a person finder for those seeking information for relatives or friends in Japan. Users can either search for a specific person or leave information about someone in Japan. [Source: USA Today]. Click here to access the service: Person Finder: 2011 Japan Earthquake

There are several news outlets reporting on events related to this earthquake. I've been following the live updates and video on BBC here: BBC News - Japan Earthquake.

And of course be sure to follow any updates here on and on the Facebook page here: You can also call the newsroom at 361-574-1222.

Our thoughts are with those in Japan and those living in the affected regions suffering from this disaster.