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Post-Katrina Images On Google Maps, Elsewhere, People Finding Project & Wiki Resources

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Post-Katrina Images are now up on Google Maps, at least for New Orleans. There's also a variety of other images you can view, as covered below. Looking for people? A new PeopleFinder project has also sprung up.

Post-Katrina Images are now up on Google Maps, at least for New Orleans. There's also a variety of other images you can view, as covered below. Looking for people? A new PeopleFinder project has also sprung up.

Against my normal "no computer on the weekend" rules, I switched on the computer out of curiosity on Saturday to see if Google Maps had been updated with any views of New Orleans. Indeed so -- and now getting into writing today, I see the Google Blog has an actual post about this. You can use a red "Katrina" button to toggle between the view before the storm and after. Here's a close-up of the Superdome, before and after, that I was using to show my children the devastation. Another post explains the additional details available to those using the Google Earth software.

I checked MSN's Virtual Earth service, but so far, no special push to update images in that area that I can see. You can zoom in on the Superdome here.

Hurricane Katrina Resources & Aerial Images from Gary last week is points over to this page at his ResourceShelf blog with lots of other resources to consider, including these before and after photos from Digital Globe, which provides the imagery to Google. Be sure to check out Gary's post if you're interested in these types of views.

Katrina PeopleFinder Project describes a project designed to centralize various efforts to help locate missing people in the aftermath of the storm. An actual search page hasn't been posted yet, however. Volunteers to help with the project are requested. Some background can be found here. There's some criticism of privacy issues and duplication of efforts on that page, however.

Katrina Help Wiki is a parent page to the PeopleFinder Project and more of interest to those looking for resources and information now, as a variety are listed.


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