Google's Person Finder aids Japan quake victims

Written by Antony Leather

March 14, 2011 // 10:55 a.m.

Tags: #earthquake #google #person-finder #tsunami

Google has launched a version of its Person Finder service to aid Japanese earthquake victims searching for loved ones. Person Finder, an online message board directory, has already been used to good effect during the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

It solves a common problem that occurs in the chaos that follows a wide-ranging disaster, in which many aid agencies will be trying to coordinate records of victims that have been lost and found.

The service allows people to look for lost loved ones or post a note saying that they're safe. It's also designed to be embedded on websites and social network pages, so that it reaches as wide an audience as possible.

In the first few hours after the earthquake struck, over 4,000 records had been made, and this figure had already increased to almost 150,000 by this morning.

Person Finder makes collating and searching records far easier, as everyone who wishes to search or add to the database can do so immediately from any location, as long as they have an internet connection.

Have you heard of any other ways in which technology has helped disaster victims recently? Let us know in the forums.

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