Over the weekend, southeastern Turkey was shaken by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake (MSNBC, CNN), causing major damage and taking hundreds of lives.
While fresh imagery from the area hasn’t been released yet, you can view the approximate location of the earthquake by uisng this KMZ file, generated by user ‘Groovy23′ in the Google Earth Community.
Another big news story last week was when Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed in the city of Sirte. ‘Groovy23′ has also posted a great KMZ file that shows some of the areas relevant to that story. He uses a simple overlay with arrows, locations, and even an embedded photo.
The current events forum in the Google Earth Community is a great way to see world news events in Google Earth. If a story breaks, check in there and you’ll likely find a KMZ file that will help add some geographic context to it.