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Manipur Earthquake: Facebook Activates Safety Check Feature

Manipur Earthquake: Facebook Activates Safety Check Feature - With a powerful earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale jolting India's north-eastern region early Monday, Facebook has activated its safety check feature to help people in the area share that they are safe.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wrote, "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."

He also shared on Facebook, "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."

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

Facebook last activated its Safety Check feature for Chennai floods, which allows users to mark themselves safe as a means to inform friends and loved ones.

The social network had in the past been condemned for being choosy in activating Safety Check, with anger being expressed after it strangely activated the feature after the Paris terrorist attacks last month.