Cloud Computing: Google Earth Crisis Response Site Tracks Gulf Oil Spill
On April 20, an explosion rocked the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, which was drilling in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast. The blast and subsequent fire killed 11 rig workers, injured 17 others and caused the drilling platform to sink several days later. The explosion damaged the wellhead, and now as many as 5,000 barrels, or 210,000 gallons of oil, are pouring into the Gulf per day, killing fish and other marine life while threatening to foul the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Google, following a trend from the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, has set up a crisis response site to help provide more information about the disaster, including what people can do to aid the relief. This effort is illustrated in pictures in this eWEEK slide show.