Hurricane Katrina, Five Years Later

Yesterday marked the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina making landfall in New Orleans, Louisiana, causing over $80 billion in damage and killing nearly 2,000 people. Google Earth Blog offered a great deal of coverage to the event, as Google was able to contribute a variety of imagery updates and other resources to help. I had just started running Google Earth Hacks at that time, and users submitted quite a few KML files related to the hurricane.
Despite only being on the market as “Google Earth” for a few months (it was previously available as “Keyhole”, though it was far less popular) many people, such as this couple, were able to use Google’s oft-updated imagery of the area to see the condition of their home.

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In early 2007, after having posted post-Katrina imagery in Google Earth, they reverted the default layer to pre-Katrina imagery. While this was only done to insure the highest quality imagery, Google caught a lot of flack for this and resolved it a few days later.
Late last week, Google posted a short entry that recognized the anniversary of Katrina. As they mention in the article, Google Earth’s historical imagery tool is a great way to look back and see how the city changed from pre-Katrina, after the storm hit, and how it looks today.

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.






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Comments

  1. I love what people are doing with
    Google’s historical imagery tool. I wonder if enough data is available to use it to show the destruction of Hurricane Andrew and the way South Florida has bounced back. Would love to see that!



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