Following the recent earthquake/tsunami in Japan, Google has released a version of its Person Finder service to help people find victims or report on their whereabouts. The Person Finder will work as a Web directory and message board where people can either look for lost friends and relatives or leave a note to confirm their safety. The system, which was very useful after other recent natural disasters like the Haiti and New Zealand earthquake, has been designed to be embedded on Websites and social network pages so as to reach as many people and aid agencies as possible.
Already, the Japan quake Person Finder logged and was tracking over 7,200 records in the first few hours following the earthquake.The usefulness of these tools cannot be overemphasised particularly because the magnitude (8.9) of the earthquake means that thousands of people would be displaced.Tsunami alerts have been issued for other countries including, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Hawaii, New Zealand, and others with more strong waves expected. Meanwhile, Web users who would like to donate to victims are advised to do so with only trusted and reliable sources as scammers are unfortunately known to usually take advantage of these kind of situations to trick unsuspecting donors to part with their money.
CLICK HERE to use the 2011 Japan Earthquake People Finder or embed on your Website
PLEASE NOTE: All data entered on the people finder will be available to the public and viewable and usable by anyone. Google does not review or verify the accuracy of this data.
March 12, 2011 at 12:53 am
I was watching th Tsunami hit in Japan live on BBC. Fire and the flood at the same time in Japan, Once again nature had reacted badly. Japan being in the very vulnarable zone for Tsunami should prepare themselves well in the future. I believe the death toll is more than 500, and quite a lot of people are affected.
March 12, 2011 at 3:26 am
I’m usually a Google hater, but I gotta admit, Google is doing some good by unleashing this tool at such a critical time.
March 12, 2011 at 4:26 am
What a great idea. At this time many people are trying to get in touch with loved ones in Japan and anything that can assist is worthwhile.
March 12, 2011 at 11:17 pm
That is awesome, I love seeing people help in any way that they can!
March 13, 2011 at 3:28 pm
My prayers are with everyone in Japan. This disaster is terrible and the loss is unbelievable. I will continue to pray for everyone that God my comfort you. I am glad that the US is helping in every way possible.
March 14, 2011 at 12:31 am
I applaud Google for what they’re doing. I can only imagine how stressful it must be to separated from your loved ones, not knowing you they’re okay.
I’ll be sure to say a prayer tonight for everyone who has been effected by the earthquake.
March 15, 2011 at 11:45 am
I watch news on Euronews every hour. Tha’t horrible!!! Especially the risk of nuclear explosion… And I think any help now will be great, but Google service allows people to share the info in one place. I..I..just don’t enough words to express what I feel.
March 18, 2011 at 8:22 pm
It is a good gesture from Google, everybody should be thinking of what to do to help Tsunami victims in Japan
March 25, 2011 at 7:02 pm
Google is great. They have so much information at their command its good to see that they use it to help so many people.
May 18, 2011 at 7:38 pm
Clap to Google. It’s crazy to see and read about all the aid that will be for Japan. Google provides so much information on their site so this is a great tool for those who have friends and family in Japan.
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March 4, 2012 at 6:19 pm
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