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Google street view may be a valuable tool for recording earthquake damage

Jonathan Marker | Science Recorder | October 30, 2013

Google street view may be a valuable tool for recording earthquake damage

Google street view shows the details – fractures, plaster breaks and collapsed walls.

According to an October 30 news release from the Seismological Society of America, a researcher from Cologne University, Germany documented the damage caused by the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake using Google’s street view scans, suggesting that the database may be a valuable tool in surveying damage caused by future earthquakes.

The findings appear in the November issue of the journal Seismological Research Letters, in an article entitled, “Support of Macroseismic Documentation by Data from Google Street View.”

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