Locations of some current events: Turkey earthquake and Gaddafi’s death

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.

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.


  1. I am not too pleased about leaders of a group of countries aligning themselves to invade a nation and killing its citizens for the sake of the dollar, and the fact that it is all in vanity as well as, the war mongers are still broke.

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