March 13, 2013
Japan to trial emergency 'calls' by Twitter in disaster zones
Japanese authorities will soon trial a new warning system that would allow imperiled members of the public to contact the emergency services by sending messages on social networking sites like Twitter.
The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said it will test the system this summer, Kyodo reported via The Register.
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 said.
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