• Google Person Finder tool

Google Person Finder tool (Photo : Facebook)

Google has launched its Web-based tool Person Finder again, in response to the 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal on Saturday.  Person Finder and Facebook's Safety Check feature give those looking for information about victims and survivors a method for getting crowd-sourced.

The earthquake struck in a region between Kathmandu and Pokhara, resulting in over 1,800 deaths, and over 6,400 injuries.  It demolished several buildings, temples, and other historic structures in Nepal's capital of Kathmandu.

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The Person Finder tool is a fairly simple searchable, online database that is available through PCs and cellphones, according to Telegraph. Users just have to visit the page, and then indicate whether they are searching for a person, or have information about a person.

If users are searching for a person, they have to type in the person's name and then wait for a database match. If there is a match then the user will be directed to a Google mini profile; otherwise, the user can create a new profile, according to PC Mag.  

When creating the profile, the user can post any information to identify a person. That includes data such as the person's name, age, and home address. Users can then request to receive updates regarding the missing person.

However, if users have information about a person, they have two options. They can enter the person's first and last name in Person Finder, or create a new profile if one does not exist yet.

The reporting page lets users add information such as people's status, their last possible known location, and a message. They can note whether they have communicated with the person, and can also attach a photograph.

People in the region of the Nepal Earthquake can also use Facebook's Safety Check feature. This informs friends and relatives that they are alive.

Google first launched Person Finder as a response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, which killed over 100,000 people. Since then it has also been deployed for other disasters such as tsunamis, floods, and mudslides.