Following the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan this afternoon, Google has launched a Person Finder app to help people find their friends and loved ones. The Person Finder: 2011 Japan Earthquake app allows users to search for someone or to provide information about people. The app is available in a number of languages, including Japanese and English.
Users simply click on their current situation – whether they are looking for someone or have information about someone – and then they fill out relevant information about that person. Users can also submit missing person reports. According to text on the app, there are currently around 6,900 records that have been submitted.
Google has also provided embed codes so that publishers and individuals can embed the Person Finder application on their blogs and websites and have also maid a Google Gadget available. Use the following embed code to embed the app on your site:
<iframe src="http://japan.person-finder.appspot.com/?small=yes&lang=en" width=400 height=300 frameborder=0 style="border: dashed 2px #77c"></iframe>
In addition to the Person Finder app, Google is also currently publishing Tsunami warnings to their homepage. According the current listing on Google’s Homepage there is a “Tsunami Alert for New Zealand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papau New Guinea, Hawaii, and others. Waves expected over the next few hours, caused by 8.9 earthquake in Japan.”
Today the hearts and minds of people around the globe are with the people of Japan. Google is providing an amazing service with this Person Finder app. Please spread the word so that the friends and loved ones of those affected by this tragedy can use it to find one another.