Google site tracks information on Boston runners

Google site tracks information on Boston runners

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BOSTON, MA - APRIL 15: A runner reacts near Kenmore Square after two bombs exploded during the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. Two people are confirmed dead and at least 23 injured after two explosions went off near the finish line to the marathon. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on April 15, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 15 at 7:31 PM

CHICAGO (AP) -- Google is stepping in to help family and friends of Boston Marathon runners find their loved ones after explosions near the finish line.  

The site, called Google Person Finder, allows users to enter the name of a person they're looking for or enter information about someone who is there.  

Cellphone use has been difficult in the Boston area. A law enforcement official says cell service was shut down to prevent any possible remote detonations of explosives. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.  

Far-flung family members and friends are frantically using social media to check on the safety of runners and spectators after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the marathon, killing two and injuring dozens.  

Online:

http://google.org/personfinder/2013-boston-explosions/ 

 

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