Wednesday, July 07, 2010

The Victorian Bushfires on Google Maps

Black Saturday

The bushfires of 7 February 2009 were the worst in Australia's history. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has created an amazing Google Map to tell the stories of the Victorian bushfires by those that actually experienced it.

ABC has collected hundreds of accounts of the day and the fire's aftermath from residents of the fire-affected communities, volunteer fire fighters, journalists, politicians, tourists and others. This Google Map allows users to browse these stories, videos and photographs by location and by time.

The timeline allows you to browse the submitted stories on the map by time. The initial view allows you to select any range of time from the 7th and 8th Feb 2009. If you select the next button you can also select a time range from the days, weeks and months after the fires.

All the multi-media content can be viewed directly from selecting the markers shown on the map.

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