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Friday, March 11, 2011

8.9 Megaquake Death toll now stands at 91 As GOOGLE launches person finder - 11th Mar 2011

Japan earthquake: Google launches person finder to locate missing people

Google has offered help in the aftermatch of the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, creating a 'person finder' to help people track down missing loved ones.

The person finder allows those looking for friends and relatives to search for their name, while those who have information about someone's whereabouts can add them to the database. The person finder is available in both Japanese and English versions.

With mobile phone networks out across much of the affected region, and transport links down, many people have been left unable to locate or contact their loved ones. Data networks are still operating in Tokyo, however, meaning that many have turned to social networks or even video calling services like Skype to contact their families.

The service can be found here >>>

The UK Foreign Office has set up a phone number for anybody in Britain concerned about friends and relatives in Japan to get information: 020 7008 0000.