Google Maps' 360° Panoramas of Battleship Island Hashima - Person Finder for Garhwal (Uttarakhand)

Now, virtually explore the ruins of Hashima 'Battleship Island' Nagasaki, Japan. Supported browser update for JavaScript Maps API v3. Person Finder, Google Crisis Map for Garhwal (Uttarakhand).

Google Maps now giving a 360° panoramas of the Hashima with new Street View imagery launches today for the island off the coast of Nagasaki City in Japan.

You can now virtually explore the ruins of unique flat shaped Hashima. Apparently, Hashima's buildings are deteriorating so rapidly that you can hear parts of the concrete collapse as the wind blows from the ocean.

The island is most widely known in Japan by its nickname Gunkanjima -- aka "Battleship Island."

Google said that with assistance from Nagasaki City, Google Trekker collected the imagery beyond the cordoned-off areas for tourists and into off-limits paths around the island. It also used Business Photos technology for a peek into the abandoned buildings, complete with ancient black-and-white TVs and discarded soda bottles.

Google Maps Street View treks Hashima, Nagasaki, Japan

Google also announced supported browser update for JavaScript Maps API v3.

Google notes that nothing changes based on this announcement and "the sites working in a now-unsupported browser will continue to function as before." But, ongoing, the following browsers and operating systems are now officially supported by the JavaScript Maps API v3:

  • IE 8+ (Windows)
  • The current and previous version of Firefox (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux)
  • The current and previous version of Chrome (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS)
  • The current and previous version of Safari (Mac OS X)
  • Mobile Safari on the current and previous version of iOS
  • The default browser on Android 2.3 - 4.0
  • Chrome on Android 4.1+, informs google.

I don't know how much this will be of use in the country, where the co-ordination between the department is fragile. Garhwal now called "Uttarakhand" India, recently had a widespread flood damaging the roads, villages and many lives.

Rescue team is doing their job, but they're limited--because, despite having all the means available--neither monetary nor technology is used. Every day, INR of thousands of crores goes to unscruplus' pockets. But when it comes to help people--"agencies don't have funds" available.

Everybody is talking visitor of the are, but no one is thinking of the local, who lost everything--eventhough they cooked for the vistors. Relief goods lying rodent' on roads in Dehradun, Haridwar, and Rishikesh, but isn't sent to the locals of "Kedarnarth, Badrinarth, Rudraprayag, Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Joshimath, and other resions of Garhwal" who are now starving as they used all of their stocks to fed visitors.

And top of all still after 16-days, the diaster of this intesity hasn't been declard as the 'National Diaster.'

Google's Crisis Response team created a Person Finder, available in Hindi and English to help affected people find missing loved ones.

Below is the Crisis Map for Garhwal (Uttarakhand), please see if this helps you:

This crisis map is only an early version aimed at providing quick information, such as, places affected, relief centers and road closures.

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