Thursday, January 21, 2010

Google high-resolution maps of Haiti

From Wired:
Google has released new, higher-resolution satellite images of the Port-au-Prince area of Haiti that was devastated by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Jan. 12.

The new impressively detailed photos were taken on Sunday, Jan. 17 and have resolution of around 6 inches, according to Google. You can see the full set of images in Google Maps in Satellite mode.

Last week, Google and GeoEye released a set of satellite images of Haiti taken on Jan. 13, just a day after the earthquake, along with previous images of the area from 2008.

Google is working to make the new imagery available as a layer in Google Earth as well. An updated Haiti earthquake layer for Google Earth is currently available with images from multiple sources as well as maps, including earthquake epicenters.

For more information on images of Haiti and other tech relief efforts, check out Wired's Danger Room’s coverage.
Although these high tech efforts can't directly feed people, I can see how they could be helpful to guide on-the-ground relief.

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