Japan to Test Disaster Warning System

The Japan Times reports that the country’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency plans to test a disaster warning system using Internet-based social-networking services this summer.

The system, which will be based on a major disaster, will tap into the Internet, which is more accessible than telephone lines in times of disaster, and help in mobilizing prompter assistance, the officials told the Japan Times. The test will simulate people caught up in disasters using their computers or mobile phones to summon for help via such sites as Twitter and Japan’s social-networking site Mixi, the officials said.

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