Facebook activates ‘Safety Check’ for Chile quake
The “Safety Check” tool, which first launched in October 2014, is automatically accessible through Facebook’s regular user interface.
It informs members whether any of their Facebook contacts are in a particular disaster zone, and allows people to signal their presence in the area, and let others know they are safe and well.
Facebook was inspired to launch the product after people turned to technology and social media in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
The social network deployed the tool following the April earthquake in Nepal that killed more than 8,800 people across the Himalayan nation.