Manipur earthquake: Facebook activates safety check

New Delhi: Social networking giant Facebook has activated its safety check tool to help the people affected by the earthquake in Manipur and other north-eastern states this morning.

“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 added in the post.

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

At least six persons were killed and over 100 others injured as a strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck the India-Myanmar border at around 4: 30 a.m., causing damage to many buildings and spreading panic among the people.

Manipur bore the brunt of the temblor which had its epicentre at Tamenglong.

The Army and Air Force have started working on relief and rescue operations in quake-hit Manipur.

Facebook last activated its Safety Check feature for Chennai, which allows the users mark themselves as safe as a means to notify friends and loved ones. (ANI)