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Google’s Person Finder App Helping to Find Turkey Earthquake Victims


After Turkey’s 7.2 magnitude earthquake yesterday (October 23rd) which has killed at least 217 and injured 350, Google has launched their People Finder App in Turkey.

Google describes their app as one that “helps people reconnect with friends and loved ones in the aftermath of natural and humanitarian disasters.” The app was first developed in response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and has since been used in other natural disasters, including the tsunami in Japan earlier this year.

In regards to Google’s Turkish initiative, users can enter the information of the person they are looking for or add details of people who have been unaccounted for. This Google tool can also be embedded into third-party websites.

Here are some interesting statistics about People Finder via their FAQs.

What impact has Google Person Finder had to date?

We measure the impact of the product through usage and customer stories. Google Person Finder received 55,100 records related to the Haiti earthquake, 11,600 records related to the Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake, and more than 600,000 records related to the Japan tsunami. We’ve also received numerous emails with anecdotes from people who have located friends and loved ones using Google Person Finder.

For more information on People Finder and how you can help, visit their website here.


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