Steps taken by Google and Facebook for Nepal Earthquake
Today, on 25th April, 2015 an earthquake struck Nepal killing over a thousand people and wounding so many more. The quake is said to be of magnitude 7.8 and its epicenter was 34kms east of Lamjung, Nepal. Some northern parts of India were affected as well. Many people are still feared to be trapped under the rocks and buildings. With all the mess that this earthquake has created, the Indian government is trying its best to support Nepal and its Victims. Even Google and Facebook has taken steps to help people gather and relay information about those affected by the devastation.
Person Finder for Nepal earthquake By Google
The person finder tool was developed to help people gather or give information about a person who might have been affected by the Earthquake. You can use the “I’m looking for someone” page to find if the person is in the list of affected peoples and you can use the “I have information about someone” page to add a name to the list of affected people, so that, information is passed on to the person looking for that particular someone. You can go the Person Finder Tool here.
The above tool is available in both English as well as Nepali language. This web application was used previously too during natural calamities in Jammu & Kashmir last year and in Uttarakhand in June 2013. Google is taking every step possible to decrease the effort required by people to get information about their may (or may not be) affected loved ones.
Safety Check By Facebook
Taking the safety of friends as a priority, Facebook launched the Safety Check feature today. This Safety Check will let you choose if you were in the place affected by the earthquake or not. Your friends will then be automatically get notified about you. In either case, it keeps you updated about your friends and their whereabouts.
Both Google and Facebook are with the people of Nepal and support the people affected by this quake. What more do you think they should do for the people of Nepal? What do you feel about their current campaigns? Write down in the comments below…