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United Kingdom covered in smog

This week various health warnings have been issued in England and Wales due to high levels of air pollution. NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of the country shrouded in smog on April 22, 2011: Earth Observatory explains: The haze … Continue reading

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Mapping the North Carolina tornado outbreak

The United States National Weather Service has released a preliminary report mapping out the tracks of the deadly tornadoes which battered North Carolina on April 16, 2011. The Enhanced Fujita Scale (EF Scale) rates the strength of tornadoes. Higher numbers … Continue reading

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Nokia Launches Ovi Maps 3D

Nokia has announced the launch of an impressive new 3D virtual globe – Ovi Maps 3D. The application runs directly in the web browser, through a downloadable browser plugin, integrating with the OVI Maps 2D service. Just like Google Earth … Continue reading

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New, Chernobyl panoramas on Yandex Maps

Yandex, the Russian web giant has released a remarkable set of 360 degree Street Panoramas in the area around Chernobyl, Ukraine. Coverage extends from roads outside the nuclear power plant to the nearby abandoned ghost town of Pripyat. Until the … Continue reading

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Fukushima’s radioactive cloud vs social networks

Another mash-up based on events following the Japan earthquake.  Webnode’s time-animated map lets you compare two sets of information: A simulation mapping the progress of the radioactive plume from the Fukushima nuclear plant, produced by ZAMG. The one we’ve seen before. A … Continue reading

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1,000 aftershocks since the Japan earthquake

The tally of magnitude 4.5+ aftershocks recorded following the March 11, 2011 Japan earthquake surpassed one thousand today. I’ve updated my animated visualization to include these. The decrease in frequency of events is much apparent than the previous videos. You … Continue reading

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Newly released satellite image showing Pro-Gaddifi forces in Libya

Yesterday, NATO released this declassified, high resolution satellite image of Misratah, Libya. The photo is annotated to show pro-Gaddafi battle-tanks, circled in red, right next to public areas like a market and furniture store. Released under the title how pro-Gaddafi … Continue reading

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Send a message of support to Japan

One month has now passed since the terrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Since then countless people around the globe have expressed support online for people there. unfortunately, as much of this isn’t in Japanese, it isn’t readable by many … Continue reading

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