Facebook & Google Tools help in tracking earthquake victims

People can now find and track friends and relatives stranded in the areas affected by the tragic earthquake in Nepal using Google’s People Finder tool or the Safety Check tool by Facebook.

Using Google’s People Finder Tool, visitors can either look for someone or share information about someone in the affected areas.  The People Finder tool, which functions as a missing persons database was first introduced in January 2010 after an earthquake hit Haiti. It uses a database of missing persons fueled by crowdsourced information from individuals and organizations to help people check the status of friends or relatives after a disaster.

Facebook’s Safety Check feature, which it rolled out last year in October, asks users in an area affected by disaster or tragedy if they are safe. Contacts can also find friends in the area, and in turn get notified about their status. “If you’re in one of the areas affected by the earthquake, you’ll get a notification asking if you’re safe, and whether you want to check on any of your friends,” Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post.

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