Saturday, May 17, 2008

China Earthquake Aerial Photography

There has been extensive media coverage of the recent earthquake in China. This was a major event: a magnitude 7.9 quake that did some serious damage. I noticed yesterday that Newsweek released created an interactive page showing some aerial shots of the damage. The images of Yingxiu and Dujiangyan show how the areas around the epicenter were absolutely flattened.

Here is a link to the USGS details page on the event. The "Maps" tab has several types of maps available, including a KML file of recent earthquake activity (in Google Earth below). It will be interesting to see if other geospatial datasets are made available of the disaster area in time - I would think there is a lot of aerial reconnaissance going on...

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