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Google Launches Person Finder for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

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The extent of the damage is still unknown, but people with friends or family in Japan can turn to Google's Person Finder if they're looking for or having information about anyone caught up in the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit last night and this morning. The service is available in Japanese, Chinese and English.

The app was first launched in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake last year. Google has since deployed it to help users find lost friends and loved ones in the wake of the Chile and Christchurch earthquakes. The Japan version is currently logging over 5,100 records. As communications went down in certain parts of the country immediately following the quake, many have taken to the app to search for or post information about those displaced by the disaster. Twitter has also been overrun with tweets from people sharing or searching for information about the quake.

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