After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Google launched a service called Google Person Finder. Google Person Finder helps people reconnect with friends and loved ones in the aftermath of natural and humanitarian disasters. The service has been activated after the Boston Marathon explosion that took place this afternoon. Currently Google Person Finder is tracking about 3,300 records. The Google Person Finder lets people update information about someone or look for someone. The database is useable by anyone and Google does not review or verify the accuracy of the data. The Red Cross has a similar service called Safe and Well.
Google Person Finder was launched as part of a Google Crisis Response project that spun out of Google’s non-profit Google.org. Two deaths have been reported and 132 people were injured.
“Make no mistake we will get to the bottom of this and we will find out who did and find out why they did this,” said President Obama. “Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice”