safety check is an aggregation feature that shows a list of the people you follow in a disaster affected geographical area that have marked themselves as safe; like Facebook does at https://www.facebook.com/safetycheck.
Facebook has a Safety Check page:
which redirects to a subpage of that URL of the most recent disaster worldwide that Facebook is tracking and aggregating safety information for.
2016-07-14 screenshot of a FB Safety Check:
2015-11-13 Text-ish summary of Facebook's Safety Check:
Disaster Event NameFACEBOOK SAFETY CHECK
Quickly find and connect with friends in the area. Mark them safe
if you know they're OK.
Are you in the affected area?
Yes, let my friends know.
Note also list of people, some with buttons next to their names:
- marked safe
- safety status
- Ask If Safe
- "Earthquake Twitter", the tendency of people to either post immediately to Twitter upon what feels like an earthquake or check Twitter to see if others felt an earthquake also. https://twitter.com/search?q=earthquake&src=typed_query&f=live