Bloggers on the ground report on Japan’s disasters

The New York Times has profiled Global Voices, a volunteer-driven organization and platform that allows bloggers around the world to translate, aggregate and link to online content.

NYT’s Jennifer Preston writes: “Soon after the earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on Friday, the volunteer bloggers for Global Voices in East Asia put together special coverage of the devastation, sharing citizen videos and translating posts on Twitter, including calls for help from people stranded on the upper floors of buildings. Over the weekend, with fears fueled by the prospect of a second explosion at a nuclear plant, they monitored the conversation on the social web, reporting how people were exchanging information to keep safe and questioning the use of nuclear energy in an earthquake-prone region...”