What Happens to Text Message Use After an Earthquake [Graph]

Text Message Traffic NY and DC Earthquake

On Tuesday, a major earthquake shook the East Coast, causing structural damage in some areas and bringing cell phone networks to their knees in others. We shared our tips for communicating after an emergency. One of our tips was to use text messages to communicate because they place less strain on the network than voice […]

5 Useful Earthquake Related iPhone Apps


For those of you in California, the earthquake would have been pretty routine news. However, for those of us on the East coast, who usually face hurricanes, tornadoes and snow storms, this was a shock. A couple of our writers, Warner Crocker and Sumocat, were close enough to feel it significantly. While others in my area did, […]

Cell Networks Buckle After Earthquake: How To Work Around Their Failures

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Virginia just experienced a 5.9Magnitude earthquake which was felt throughout the East Coast up through New York and over into Ohio. Several of our writers experienced the quake in a multitude of ways. After the shaking died down, there was a common topic among our Twitter followers — the failure of cell networks. We don’t […]

Will Droid Bionic, BlackBerry PlayBook Cost More as Result of Japan Quake?


Update 3/23/2011: Despite Motorola reps telling us at CES 2011 that the Droid Bionic for Verizon Wireless will be utilizing a Texas Instruments–that information was used and referenced in this article–NVIDIA reps at CTIA 2011 had informed us that the device actually uses the dual-core Tegra 2 mobile applications processor. As such, the Droid Bionic […]

Verizon Offers Free Calls, SMS, MMS from US to Japan

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Verizon is offering free calling and messaging to Japan for most of its customers through April 10. The move is an attempt to make it easier for friends and family to communicate with those affected by the earthquake and Japan. Verizon is partnering with non-profits to make it easy for Verizon Wireless customers to donate […]

Google Person Finder Now Online for Japan Earthquake/Tsunami


The news of the historic earthquake and subsequent tsunami is both terrifying and humbling in its scope of this still very early event.  Certainly our thoughts and prayers are with all that are affected. If you’re concerned about family and friends in the area, Google has launched its Person Finder application online for those trying […]

Christchurch Earthquake: Google Sets Up Crisis Response Page

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The 6.3 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand has killed at least 75 and many more are injured. As with any major emergency, communication in and out of the area has become a major challenge. Google’s pitching in by maintaining a Crisis Response page to help people affected by the earthquake to find each other and […]