SANTIAGO – Facebook has activated a geolocation tool to connect users in Chile after a magnitude-8.4 earthquake hit the country, killing five people and forcing the evacuation of a million people from coastal areas.
According to the world’s largest social networking site with 1.3 billion users, the tool’s aim is to reassure family and friends of people in the affected eight regions in the center and north of the country.
“Search and connect quickly with friends who are in the area. It informs that you are out of danger. It confirms you are well so that they can receive a notification,” reads the Facebook-enabled tool.
As each person indicates their status, it adds them to a list where they can locate friends caught in a similar situation.