Google Maps for African Safaris, the Night Sky, Hurricanes

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2013-08-11 Print this article Print

The city's new Hurricane Zone Finder is an interactive map to help residents find safe shelter and places to go in case of flooding in the future. The map lists locations of shelters and the designated zones for evacuations, with Zone 1 being closest to the water surrounding Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Long Island. Residents should be aware of this map and service before they need it, especially as the clean-up from Hurricane Sandy continues across the area.

Look Inside an Emirates Airlines Luxury Jet

If you've flown on just about any domestic flight in the last few years, you know the planes can be crowded, dirty, uncomfortable and stuffy. So maybe you shouldn't look inside this Emirates Airbus A380-800 jetliner, which is the subject of a Google Street View image tour of the interior of this magnificent jet.

Be warned that if you do peruse the images of this spacious and clean cabin, the roomy and luxurious on-board overnight suites, the unbelievable bathroom and the magnificent on-board cocktail bar, you may never be able to get into another domestic aircraft again. Even the cockpit is beautiful and clean.

Street View Goes to Mt. Fuji

Japan's Mt. Fuji, which has been designated as a World Heritage Site, is 12,388 feet tall and is one of the nation's most iconic symbols. Google recently climbed to the top of Mt. Fuji with its Trekker backpack-mounted camera to capture 360-degree images of the mountain, to bring its splendor to more people around the world. Those images are available in the Mt. Fuji Street View Collection, which covers the highly popular Yoshida trail that takes hikers up the mountain, the full walk around the crater at the top and the quick zigzag descent, according to Google.

"If you can't get over to Mt. Fuji this summer for the big hike, you can use Street View to take a virtual trek up its peak and enjoy the views of the world below," according to Google.

Car Wash via Street View

Certainly, Google Street View teams have taken online visitors to the most majestic places with their amazing photographs, from the Grand Canyon to the Great Barrier Reef, the Alps and more. But, apparently, not all of the destinations have to be so unique.

In a whimsical visit in Phoenix, a Street View team recently stayed inside a vehicle and captured an inside view of the Clean Freak Car Wash, an automated commercial car wash on 44th Street, which featured the wetting, soaping, washing, rinsing and drying cycles during the visit. Visitors to the images can see the vehicles ahead and behind in the car wash that day, as well as the images of entering and existing the establishment. Hey, every destination can't be Mt. Fuji.


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