Nepal earthquake: People turn to social media for help, updates

As the effects of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal on April 25 unfolded, many people have turned to social media to send their prayers and to locate their loved ones in the Himalayan country. The Nepalese have also been updating the world on their home situation, and appealing for help.

A site for Nepal was set up on Google Person Finder, which helps people reconnect with friends and loved ones in the aftermath of natural and humanitarian disasters. Facebook has set up a "safety check" feature that allows people in Nepal to inform their friends if they are safe.

The death toll has passed 3,000 and at least 4,000 have been injured. The bodies of 17 people were also recovered from Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, after the earthquake and aftershocks triggered avalanches.

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