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Google Launches Person-Finding Tools Following the Nepal Earthquake

The 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal yesterday left more than 1,000 people dead and more still missing. Google’s Crisis Response division announced it’s using the company’s person-finding tool, which connects emergency responders with friends and loved ones of missing persons, to aid in the aftermath of the disaster. It’s currently tracking about 1,400 people in the country and counting. Visitors can type the name of whom they’re looking for into a search box, or text “search [name]” to +91-9773300000 in India or +1-650-800-3978 in the United States.

Update: Facebook is also offering a person-finding tool, but in reverse: If you are in the affected area, you can mark yourself as safe from this page to let your friends know.

This article originally appeared on Recode.net.

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