Scenes of Destruction in Haiti, From Above
Images of this week’s massive earthquake in Haiti are now flowing out of the country as aid workers and journalists flow in. What we have seen so far confirms the obvious: devastation is massive and widespread. Buildings collapsed. Homes destroyed. A country once inching back from the abyss has been thrown violently back.
Additionally, Google has launched a dynamic spreadsheet, called the “Haiti Situation Tracking Form” that allows people to post messages looking for loved ones and other updates.
A Google product manager, Dylan Lorimer, said in a phone interview this afternoon that the search company is working to distribute a portable version of Google Earth to aid workers in or on their way to Haiti, in hope that the latest geospatial data will help with the recovery effort. The product, usually sold as Google Earth Enterprise, allows users to view the Google Earth globe without an Internet connection.
Above: the presidential palace in Port-au-Prince, as seen after Tuesday’s 7.0 earthquake. Source: UNDP