8.9-magnitude Earthquake Hits Japan, Google Launches Person Finder Tool

Today, a major earthquake hit Japan. A 8.9-magnitude quake struck Japan at 2:46 p.m. local time, so far at least 50 are dead. Japan is also expecting tsunamis to follow, possibly leading to more destruction and lost lives. Google tweeted, "Google Person Finder available after earthquake in Japan to help you get information about loved […]

Today, a major earthquake hit Japan. A 8.9-magnitude quake struck Japan at 2:46 p.m. local time, so far at least 50 are dead. Japan is also expecting tsunamis to follow, possibly leading to more destruction and lost lives.

Google tweeted, "Google Person Finder available after earthquake in Japan to help you get information about loved ones. http://goo.gl/rlR07."

The Google Person Finder tool is designed to help family and friends locate each other during the chaos.

You can access the tool over here.

Scores of on-the-scene videos are being posted to YouTube and many have been curated by CitizenTube and in partnership with Storyful. Below are a few dramatic clips:

You can them all at Citizen YouTube channel.