Emergency rescue workers search for survivors in the debris of Dharara tower after it collapsed in Kathmandu, Nepal on April 25, 2015.
Emergency rescue workers search for survivors in the debris of Dharara tower after it collapsed in Kathmandu, Nepal on April 25, 2015. Omar Havana—Getty Images

Google Deploys Person-Finder Tool to Help Survivors of Nepal Earthquake

Updated: Apr 25, 2015 5:30 PM ET

Google is helping to connect survivors with worried relatives after a catastrophic earthquake rocked Nepal Saturday morning.

The Person Finder tool, a missing persons database supplied with crowdsourced data, is intended to help people find those who were affected by the earthquake.

More than 1,300 have been counted dead after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake destroyed much of Kathmandu. Damage has extended to India, Bangladesh and Tibet, and at least 1,700 people have been injured.

Google Person Finder gathers information from responders and individuals, who can upload information for a missing person or someone who has been found, helping people locate each other. The search giant has deployed the tool before in times of disaster.

As of Saturday afternoon, about 1,700 records had been uploaded.

A man is freed from a collapsed building in Kathmandu on Saturday, April 25 following a 7.9 magnitude earthquake.
A man is freed from a collapsed building in Kathmandu on Saturday, April 25 following a 7.9 magnitude earthquake.Narendra Shrestha—EPA
A man is freed from a collapsed building in Kathmandu on Saturday, April 25 following a 7.9 magnitude earthquake.
People dig through rubble for victims in Kathmandu.
People carry a victim who was removed from the collapsed Dharara tower following the earthquake in Kathmandu.
Security personnel and local people operating rescue operation at Basantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu on April 25, 2015.
People inspect the damage of the collapsed landmark Dharahara, also called Bhimsen Tower, after the earthquake.
A vehicle sits on a badly damaged stretch of road in Kathmandu.
Emergency rescue workers search for survivors in the debris of Dharara tower in Kathmandu after it collapsed.
Kathmandu Struck By Powerful Earthquake
Volunteers taking out a dead body from the rubbles in Basantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu.
People clear debris in Basantapur Durbar Square while searching for survivors in Kathmandu.
A man passes a collapsed temple at Basantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu.
Kathmandu residents run to shelters after a replica tremor hit the city on April 25, 2015.
A Nepalese man and woman hold each other in Kathmandu's Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was severely damaged by an earthquake on April 25, 2015.
People staying outdoors in fear of aftershocks, in central Kathmandu.
People sleep outside on a street following a massive earthquake in Kathmandu on April on 2015.
A man is freed from a collapsed building in Kathmandu on Saturday, April 25 following a 7.9 magnitude earthquake.
Narendra Shrestha—EPA
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