Earlier today, Google launched it’s Person Finder app to help find missing persons and reunite survivors with their families in the aftermath of the recent 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan. Aside from the aftershocks, the earthquake has also caused a massive tsunami, landslides, flooding and fires all across the country. Initial reports from different news agencies indicate that around 400 people are confirmed dead and hundreds of others missing.
The Person Finder app is an online, interactive database that allows users to search for missing persons and also submit information about missing or injured persons. Person Finder is currently tracking 7200 records and is available in both English and Japanese. The app can also be embedded into websites like the one below:
This is not the first time that Google has used the Person Finder technology. It was first launched and used after the Haiti earthquake and was also recently used for the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that hit Christchurch, New Zealand. Person Finder was developed by Google’s philanthropic department called Google Crisis Response team.
Our thoughts and prayers to the people in Japan, especially to the families who’ve lost their loved ones.
Anyone who have family or friends who were affected by the recent earthquake in Japan? Is the Person Finder something that you were able to use to help locate your family or friends? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.