We have so much experience now in New Zealand in everything from Search and Rescue to location based web services and apps to help in these circumstances. I hope that our Government will make it easy for those with experience, particularly from the Christchurch earthquakes, to help. We have a unique opportunity to help our Nepalese friends with skills and end experience (as well as obviously money).
More than 1300 people across four countries have been killed after a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal causing massive damage in the country’s capital. – New Zealand Herald
New Zealand has had a long relationship with Nepal, ever since Sir Edmund Hillary reached the top of Mt Everest. I remember in my youth having a school presentation when they were collecting money to build schools and hospitals. I remember blowing a Sherpa alpine horn. In later years several friends went to Nepal, some to climb, some to enjoy the alpine tourism.
In previous blogs I have asked about how ready we are for earthquakes and we have learned a lot http://bit.ly/1z5uDsI
It was great to read that Google came to the party straight away with their Person Finder application https://google.org/personfinder/2015-nepal-earthquake which was one of the excellent outcomes of the Christchurch earthquakes.There have since been many more location…
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This is exactly what a company like Google can do when it uses its superpowers (and wealth) for good. Can we think of anything else tech can do to help?