Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Google Maps "The Big One" in San Francisco

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. To commemorate this event Brian Morearty has created a fun Google Map simulation of an earthquake in San Francisco called - "The Big One". The map page opens with a peaceful, serene representation of the city. Cable cars buzz along the Powell-Hyde and California St. lines and a windsurfer enjoys his day on San Francisco Bay.. Then the fun begins as the Google Map starts to shake! Fires break out and the cable cars stop. The map then resembles the scene after you've unleashed a disaster on your city in SimCity. Although meant to be taken in good fun Brian does draw attention to the predictions of another earthquake. There's a page that talks about how to use the map and some of Brian's adventures in building it using the Google Maps API.
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