Facebook activates Safety Check feature for Manipur earthquake

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 04, 2016 15:09 IST
A woman offers daily prayers at the statue of Lord Buddha that was damaged during the earthquake in Bhaktapur. Earthquake survivors in Nepal are still in a dire need for food, shelter and clean water. (Reuters)

With a powerful earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter Scale rocking India’s northeastern region early Monday, Facebook has activated its safety check tool to help people in the area let friends and family know they are safe.

“A major earthquake just struck northeastern India and we’ve activated Safety Check to help people in the area let friends and family know they’re safe,” Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wrote.

“Tremors were also felt in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Nepal. If you appear to be nearby, we will send you a notification to access Safety Check so you can share that you are safe and see that people you care about are safe as well,” Zuckerberg posted on Facebook.

The quake occurred at 4.35 a.m. and had its epicentre in Manipur’s Tamenglong district. Initial reports indicate that one young girl was killed and 30 were injured.

“My thoughts are with everyone in the affected areas. May you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy,” Zuckerberg said.

The safety check tool can be accessed at here.

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