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Google Puts Disaster Alerts on Maps

Web search giant Google is extending its Google Maps service to include crucial timely warnings for potentially hazardous natural phenomenon, the company announced.

Dubbed Google Public Alerts, the new service will be integrating the real-time warning from the US Geological Survey (USGS), as well as the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) into its massively popular Google Maps.

The company explained that users, on searching for any type of alerts, will instantly be provided with alert-messages issued by the USGS or the NOAA for that particular location. In addition, the alert message also brings along with it other details such as how severe the disaster is likely to be, or till when it is expected to get over etc.

"For example, it will tell you that there is a tornado warning in southwest Louisiana, a blizzard warning in central Montana, or a winter storm warning in northern Alaska," reports PC Mag.

As of now, the new service is limited for the company's US users only. However, chances are that Google will be rolling it out step by step to other regions as well.