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Google is adding tools to Google Maps and search to help you survive a natural disaster.
When a hurricane, flood or earthquake affects your area, you may want to get of town as quickly as possible.
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Google is launching a new navigation warning system as part of Google Maps to keep you informed and safe during such a crisis.
Google is not in the weather business, per se; it is tapping into such sources as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Japan Meteorological Agency (for hurricanes) and the United States Geological Survey (for earthquakes).
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Here's how the company breaks down the coming features:
Leading up the storm, Google will display a crisis notification card if you are in or near an impacted area. You'll see a hurricane forecast cone that shows the predicted trajectory of the storm, accompanied by information of when it is likely to hit.
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If an earthquake strikes, you can tap on an information card to summon a color-coded "shakemap," which helps you visualize the epicenter and magnitude of the quake in surrounding areas.
Google says the hurricane forecast cones and earthquake shakemaps will begin rolling out on iOS, Android, desktop computers and the mobile web during the coming weeks.
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Flood forecast visualizations are also coming soon, but initially only in India, where Google...
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