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Google focused on Haiti earthquake

Google has updated its Google Earth application to provide crisis responders with up-to-date images of the devastation in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, the web search giant said last Thursday.

Google collaborated with GeoEye to make satellite imagery of the earthquake’s aftermath available to users of Google Earth. In addition to promising to update the images as more data comes in, Google has inserted a Spotlight on YouTube’s homepage and ticker designed to drive traffic toward videos from Oxfam and the American Red Cross.

Available as a new downloadable layer on Google Earth, the new images give a bird’s eye view of the destruction, showing sites like the National Palace and the Sylvia Cator Stadium strewn with debris.

Google said that it was working with its satellite partners to continually update the images of Haiti.

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