Google Activates Person Finder Following Japan Earthquake

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Following the devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck 231 miles outside of Tokyo, Japan, Friday morning, and the subsequent tsunami added to the destruction, Google launched Person Finder: 2011 Japan Earthquake to help people locate their missing friends and relatives.

Google Person FinderGoogle’s Person Finder service for the Japan earthquake

The Person Finder Web site is available in English and Japanese and includes options for requesting information about a person, and for providing information about a person. When The Mac Observer last checked, the site was already tracking about 6,100 records.

Google first launched its Person Finder service in 2010 following the Haiti earthquake, and has been implemented for other disaster incidents since then, too.

Accessing Person Finder: 2011 Japan Earthquake requires a Web browser and Internet connection.

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