Google has launched a version of its Person Finder service for people caught up in the Japanese earthquake.
The website acts as a directory and message board so people can look for lost loved ones or post a note saying they are safe.
It is designed to be embedded on websites and social network pages to reach as wide an audience as possible.
The system has proved useful after other disasters that have stopped people getting in direct touch.
In its first few hours, the Japan quake Person Finder had logged more than 4,000 records.
The extent of the damage caused by the Japanese earthquake is not yet known but its magnitude and the widespread devastation wrought by the subsequent tsunami is likely to see tens of thousands displaced.
The Person Finder was developed to solve a problem common in the aftermath of many catastrophes when many different agencies are on the ground giving aid and gathering information about victims.
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