on Mar 11, 2011 @ 11:55 am|
One of the hardest things during a crisis is not knowing whether loved ones are safe or alive. According to CNN.com, within 2.5 hours of the earthquake that hit Japan this morning Google launched its person finder application (this link is in Japanese). It’s a simple application in theory, if you type a name into the application results will come up that indicate whether people by that name have been reported alive or missing.
Now, the task is getting the word out about the application because Crisis Mapping’s reach can only go as far as it’s used. According to the articlewithin a couple hours 2,000 reports had already been logged.