Facebook, Google and the International Committee of the Red Cross have avenues for people worldwide to look for friends and relatives, or get alerts that they are safe, in the wake of the massive earthquake in Nepal on Saturday (Apr 25).
Facebook has activated a new feature Safety Check for the people who are affected by the Nepal Earthquake on April 25. Saturday's massive earthquake of 7.8 magnitude struck near the Nepali capital, Katmandu, just before noon on Saturday, toppling buildings and causing widespread damage. It was followed by a large, 6.6-magnitude aftershock and other smaller temblors. Tremors were felt as far away as New Delhi in India and Dhaka in Bangladesh.
The feature will help the users of Facebook by providing them information if their loved ones & Friends are safe. The feature was announced by Mark Zuckerberg in a post soon after the calamity stroked.
The URL of the app can be accessed at: https://www.facebook.com/safetycheck/nepalearthquake.
The feature works in a way that it picks the location of the user which he has given in the user profile. If a user is in the earthquake affected zone, an option is given to him to mark himself Safe.
The notification of this result is then posted to all the friends of the user and they would come to know that a user is safe.
Likewise, a user can also mark any of his friend's safe if the friend happens to be in the affected area. Facebook proves to be a good opotion as it provides a place to share pictures and jokes, real information could be passed on. The Social Media can be touted as a real fast providing network which can connect people in such a calamity.