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Google Earth Imagery Updates, Italian Earthquake, Burning Man, Train Crash

by Timothy Whitehead on Jan.05, 2017, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

Google recently updated the ‘historical imagery’ layer in Google Earth and we have done a series of posts on the various interesting sights:
Wildfires in the US
More US wildfires, US floods and a Tornado
Floods around the world and the Calais Jungle Migrant camp

Today we are looking at a few more locations around the world.

Italian Earthquakes
Italy suffered two major earthquakes last year in August and October, which we have covered previously (August earthquake, October earthquake. There is now some DigitalGlobe imagery of some of the worst affected areas.


Amatrice, Italy was near the epicentre of the August earthquake.

2016 Burning Man Festival

There are a couple of images of last year’s Burning Man Festival.


Texas train crash
On June 28th, 2016, there was a fiery train crash in Texas involving two freight trains. The Google Earth imagery is from July 3rd, 2016 after some cleanup has been done.

before
after

 
To see the above locations in Google Earth download This KML file.

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A detailed reconstruction of the July 2013 train accident in Spain

by Mickey Mellen on Sep.16, 2013, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Spain, Street Views, USA

When it comes to building incredibly accurate 3D models, Peter Olsen is as good as they get.  He’s built some excellent models of items like Mount Rushmore and the Costa Concordia, but he’s also exposed real-life miscalculations as he worked on models for items such as the MLK Memorial in Washington, DC and the Stone Mountain carving near Atlanta, Georgia.

He’s back now with a remarkably detailed animation of the horrible train accident that occurred in Spain on July 24.

spain-train

There are two versions of the animation, a long one that describes the entire event, and a short version of just the accident. With the short version the entire accident can be viewed from any angle to study closely what happened.

Long version (download and view in Google Earth)

Short version (download and view in Google Earth)

The details of the animations, from Peter:

The 3D model of the train has been constructed to exact dimensions based on Talgo specifications. The animation is accurate to the millisecond, based on the video timestamp (unlike the online YouTube video, which runs too fast). It shows how the accident unfolded, how the severe damage occurred to carriages 3, 5 and 7, and how the carriages ended up in their final positions.

Detailed Crash Analysis

The following data has been calculated based on a study of the track-side video combined with the 3D model:

The curve has a radius of 422m and starts 234m from the tunnel exit.

The train enters into view on the trackside video at time 24/07/2013 20:43:59.342

The latitude/longitude positions of the front of the train at each one-second timestamp are as follows:

24/07/2013 20:44:00 42.859098, -8.525769 (28m from the start of the curve)
24/07/2013 20:44:01 42.859264, -8.526354
24/07/2013 20:44:02 42.859398, -8.526948
24/07/2013 20:44:03 42.859483, -8.527561
24/07/2013 20:44:04 42.859514, -8.528155
24/07/2013 20:44:05 42.859483, -8.528710
24/07/2013 20:44:06 42.859441, -8.529185

The distance travelled and average speed in each of the 1-second intervals on the video timestamp is as follows:

00-01 51.17m 184.2 km/h
01-02 51.15m 184.1 km/h
02-03 50.21m 180.7 km/h
03-04 49.09m 176.7 km/h
04-05 45.39m 163.4 km/h
05-06 38.91m 140.1 km/h

When the rear half of carriage 3 was torn open by the end of the concrete wall it was travelling at 158 km/h

When carriage 5 was ripped open by the end of the concrete wall it was travelling at 140 km/h

As always, great work Peter!

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Google train view go live!

by StreetViewFun.com on Mar.23, 2012, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA


Google takes Street View to a train in the Swiss alps and the images just went live. View Larger Map This is Albula/Bernina from the Rhätischen Bahn. Images were taken in October 2011. This world famous route consist of 122 kilometers of rail and is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO: The Bernina Express is [...]
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