Earthquake, flood, hurricane: Google Maps adds tools to help you navigate a crisis

When a hurricane, flood or earthquake affects your area, you may want to get of town as quickly as possible.

Google is launching a new navigation warning system as part of Google Maps to keep you informed and safe during such a crisis.

Google is not in the weather business, per se; it is tapping into such sources as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Japan Meteorological Agency (for hurricanes) and the United States Geological Survey (for earthquakes).

Here's how the company breaks down the coming features:


Leading up the storm, Google will display a crisis notification card if you are in or near an impacted area. You'll see a hurricane forecast cone that shows the predicted trajectory of the storm, accompanied by information of when it is likely to hit.


If an earthquake strikes, you can tap on an information card to summon a color-coded "shakemap," which helps you visualize the epicenter and magnitude of the quake in surrounding areas.

Google says the hurricane forecast cones and earthquake shakemaps will begin rolling out on iOS, Android, desktop computers and the mobile web during the coming weeks.


Flood forecast visualizations are also coming soon, but initially only in India, where Google says more than 20% of global flood-related fatalities occur. Such forecasts start in Patna, then expand to the Ganges and Brahmaputra regions on Android, desktop, and on the mobile web.

Google Maps product manager Hannah Stulberg says the river-level data used in the flooding forecasts comes from the Central Water Commission where it is then fed into Google's own machine learning models.

During such chaos, you can share your location with family and friends and within Google Maps turn on a traffic layer to visualize suspected road closures. You can also report such closures to others and through a crisis information card, tap on a share button to keep loved ones informed and to direct them in turn to Google Maps where they, too, can view a summary, get emergency contact information, and so on.

During an actual or impending storm, people seek information from a variety of sources, including national and local news, and any number of weather apps. "What we heard from users, Stulberg says, "is they want to be able to see the best and most reliable information in that map context."

Website search

Recently updated

Quick Heal Total Security Quick Heal Total Security Complete PC security against malware, featuring email, Internet and network protection, parental control, removable drive scans, system optimization and maintenance, and more
ESET Smart Security Premium ESET Smart Security Premium Advanced protection system for your PC that relies on a robust antivirus engine, providing secure online transactions, webcam protection, and an integrated password manager
Norton Security Norton Security Actively protects you from viruses, spam, identity theft and social media dangers and tracks virtually every file on the Internet

Software News

Jun 19
How would you and your neighbours triple the number of households in your street block in order to keep your cherished suburb thriving and do your bit to tackle urban sprawl? You have a number of choices to make. Where do ...
Jun 16
From the Zen capital of LA to the Champs Elysees comes the calming voice of a British Buddhist monk-turned entrepreneur, introducing American-style online mindfulness to the stressed-out French.
Jun 14
Advances in communication technology have had a major impact in all sorts of industries, but perhaps none bigger than in education. Now, anyone from around the world can listen live to a Nobel Prize laureate lecture or earn ...
Jun 12
Amazon has joined the ranks of other technology companies, including Microsoft and Google, in acknowledging the risks of facial-recognition software and calling on the federal government to impose national regulations on ...
Jun 12
It's a musician's dream-rehearse alongside a full orchestra, but in your own living room.
Jun 11
French video game titan Ubisoft on Monday unveiled a new subscription service and a Brexit-tinged title as it taps into the industry trend toward streaming games.
Jun 6
Google will kick off its Stadia streaming service to challenge the video game industry in November-but initially only as part of a $130 bundle that includes hardware and a pass for a friend.

About us

Welcome to new crack resource! Our service can generate cracks, keygens and serials for your software to unlock it. CrackDownloadz provides a lot of popular cracks and keygens. No spyware and adware at all, just download new cracks, keygens and serials. If you have a software that needs a crack feel free to contact us.

Also you may contact us if you have software that needs to be removed from our website.