Thursday, May 6, 2010

Google Crisis Response: The BP Oil Spill

On Tuesday Google unveiled a site they created in response to the April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. It contains mapping tools that allow the site user to get a clear picture of the progress of the spill and its impact on the area from a variety of perspectives, as well as links to the latest news on the disaster and ways to help. 

Those with videos of the spill can upload them to YouTube without leaving the site, and they are automatically fed back to the page for viewing, which means there are a huge number of visuals available without a need to search.

Whether you are looking for a quick update on the spill, an in-depth story, or a KML file to download and view in Google Earth, everything can be found here:

Similar pages were created by Google in response to the earthquakes in Haiti and China.

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