Google Creates New Maps to Track Natural Disasters

Internet search giant Google Inc. unveiled a new service via its Google Maps platform dedicated to track the path of natural disasters such as hurricane Irene that hit the eastern coast of the US this weekend.

Found at http://crisislanding.appspot.com/, the new disaster-tracking product developed by the Google Crisis Response wing which supplies online applications that aid relief efforts that follow a natural disaster or other major crisis.

For example, the map showed 3 to 5 days of forecasts regarding Irene’s possible paths, displayed evacuation routes, as well as detailed coverage on which areas in the east coast were likely to come under the wrath of this latest fury of nature. These maps can help people prepare for natural disasters before they strike.

Millions of residents of the eastern part of the country have been affected by hurricane Irene which reached wind speeds as deadly as 165 kmph.

Apart from the new maps, the Google team also developed a bunch of online tools such as the Person Finder, which can potentially play a crucial role in locating and reuniting thousands of victims affected by disasters such as earthquakes or hurricanes.