Google Person Finder for Turkey after earthquake

24 Oct 2011

Google Person Finder

Internet search giant Google has made its person finder service available in Turkish, after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the country’s eastern Van region on Sunday.

The service allows users to both request and post information about the safety of loved ones missing as a result of natural disasters.

Google Person Finder was originally launched after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch in New Zealand in February this year.

The service for Turkey already has more than 1,000 records of missing people and those who are letting their loved ones know they’re safe.

More than 200 people have died and 1,000 people have been injured in the Turkish quake, many of them in the town of Ercis, where dozens of buildings fell, BBC News Online reported.

The death toll is expected to rise.