The earthquake was massive and so were the tsunami waves that washed over Japan thereafter. The world is reeling in shock but moving quickly to send aid and assistance to Japan in their time of need. Just like it did in the previous calamities, Google answers by launching the Person Finder for the 2011 Japan Earthquake.
The web-based application is similar to the previous Person Finder apps that Google launched after the earthquakes in Chile and Haiti last year and for quake that rocked Christchurch, New Zealand in late February of this year.
The Person Finder works two ways: it allows users to search for people who are missing or input information about someone they know. The app provides a way for people to connect with missing friends or family or to send word that they are safe or doing fine.
Clicking on "I'm looking for someone" will direct you to a page that will prompt you to enter the name of the person you're looking for. A list of possible matches in the database are displayed when you submit the form. Clicking on "I have information about someone" prompts you to enter the name of the person as well as additional information to describe the status and well-being of the person.
Each entry in the database contains basic information including the person's name, home address, and physical description. Photos of the person can also be included along with a message from the creator of the entry.
Along with the Person Finder, Google has also updated its Crisis Response page which lists down links to various resources, news, and updates with regards to the Japan earthquake.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan during this difficult time. For more information on what you can do to help, please view this list of Japan 2011 Earthquake Relief Options put together by The Huffington Post: How to Help Japan and by Yahoo News: How to Help.