Google launches Japan Person Finder for quake victims

11 Mar

Google has just launched a version of its Person Finder service for the victims of today’s Japanese massive earthquake, the most powerful in Japan, since records began.

Any one looking for a missing person or with information can now use the Japanese Quake Person Finder, which has already more than 7,200 records. The system works as a directory and message board so people can look for their relatives or friends, or post a note informing that they’re safe.

Person Finder has proved to be useful after other natural disasters, such as the earthquake in Christchurch New Zealand, and the Haiti earthquake in January 2010.

Google is also providing links to news and other useful resources, such as the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Japan’s 8.9 magnitutde mega earthquake has already triggered a series of powerful 10-metre tsunamis, with giant waves sweeping across thousands of miles of the Pacific Ocean. More than 300 people have  been reported dead and Japan has now declared a nuclear emergency at an Aatomic plant north of Tokyo.

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