Google Launches Person Finder Tool for Nepal Earthquake Victims
People in Nepal, India and the U.S. can submit searches for a missing person via the Web app or an SMS text message.Google has launched its Person Finder Web app to help people report on or locate family members and others affected by the massive earthquake in Nepal over the weekend. The 7.8-magnitude earthquake is believed to have killed thousands of people and caused enormous destruction in the tiny Himalayan kingdom. Among those killed in the disaster was Google X Privacy Director Dan Fredinburg, who was caught in an avalanche triggered by the earthquake while attempting to climb Mount Everest. Payal Patel, product manager of Google Crisis Response, said Google has launched Person Finder in English, Nepali and Hindi and plans to incorporate support for other languages soon. Person Finder offers an "I'm looking for someone" option that lets people submit information about a missing person into the application, while an "I have information about someone" option lets people put in their own names and details to let others know they are safe.
Google has also made the search function of Person Finder available via Short Message Service (SMS) in Nepal, India and the United States. In Nepal, people searching for a missing person can send an SMS to 6040 with the text message "search <name>." In India, SMS text must be sent to +91-9773300000, while in the United States the number is +1-650-800-3978.