Google People Finder Records Tracks Thousands within Hours of Japan Earthquake
Within 2.5 hours of the massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan on Mar. 11, Google had its Person Finder application actively running. As we watched the site over the course of an hour, the number of people tracked went from 5,000 to 7,200. Google provides its Person Finder as part of its Crisis Response site, which seeks to increase access to critical information during and after natural disasters and crises. The site includes maps, news feeds, and other resources.
Google created a similar database following the Feb. 22 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand.