The company’s Google Person Finder lets people post or search for the status of individuals affected by a disaster, boosted by contributions from press and non-government agencies. It launched in January 2010 after the Haiti earthquake. The version of Google Person Finder set up for the Boston Marathon Explosions and can be found here.
The explosions near the event’s finish line killed at least two people and injured dozens. Associated Press reports that the blasts occurred seconds apart, with chaos ensuing. Wounded and bloodied spectators and runners were being treated in a nearby tent, with several saying they saw limbs on the ground.
Mobile phone use was severely hampered in the Boston area after the explosions, with initial reports saying the network had been shut down to prevent any further remote detonations, hindering the ability of those affected to communicate with their friends and relatives. However, updates just in from the Associated Press say the network was just overloaded.