View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Technology
  2. Data Centre
April 27, 2015

Google & Facebook launch apps after Nepal Earthquake disaster

Users post if they are alive in a catastrophe that killed nearly 4,000 and counting.

By Joao Lima

An earthquake hit Nepal last Saturday killing more than 3,700 people and leaving 6,500 others injured.

In response, Google launched a tool called Person Finder, functioning as a missing persons database.

Introduced in 2010, the platform lets families know where their relatives are, and if they are alive in the eventuality of a disaster.

Similarly, Facebook’s chief Mark Zuckerberg, remembered people to use the Safety Check solution available on the social network.

The function asks users in an area affected by disaster or tragedy if they are safe and notifies relevant contacts.

Nepal was struck by a 7.9 earthquake, equivalent to 20 huge atomic bombs, according to the Independent.

Google executive Dan Fredinburg was killed by an avalanche in the Everest Base Camp triggered by the quake.

Content from our partners
Scan and deliver
GenAI cybersecurity: "A super-human analyst, with a brain the size of a planet."
Cloud, AI, and cyber security – highlights from DTX Manchester

Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how Progressive Media Investments may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.