Google Earth: Secret Weapon

According to Wired Magazine, Haiti Relief has a secret weapon: Google Earth. Days after the earthquake in Port-Au-Prince, a small group of Haitian set up a tent camp in an open field not far from the U.S. Embassy and a helicopter landing zone.

At first, the group’s goal was simply to establish communication with the world to report on what was happening. But, thanks to Google Earth, their modest satellite tent station became a key way for workers to send messages and specific grid coordinates to assist in the delivery of aid to remote areas in great need.

— Chris Quinn

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