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Explore Osama bin Laden’s compound in 3D

From the Google Earth Blog

It’s just been a few days since Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and already there are a variety of 3D models of his mansion available in the Google 3D Warehouse. Some are nice renderings, some use very realistic textures, and one is simply meant to be funny. However, all of them show that there are some very talented modelers out there, being able to produce models of this quality in such a short time frame.

Here are some of the best ones, in no particular order:

From J.A. Alvarez | details | KMZ

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Tornado outbreak tracks mapped in GE

National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) map below shows tornado tracks logged by NEXRAD Doppler Radar

Bright reds, oranges and yellows show tracks of where rotation was strongest as detected by NWS Doppler radars during the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak. -click to enlarge to 1920x1080 HD size

NOAA’s preliminary estimate is that there were 211 tornadoes on April 27-28, 2011.

  • During the multi-day period of April 26-28, The National Weather Service (NWS) estimates there were a total of 288 tornadoes.
  • NWS issued outlooks five days in advance, watches hours in advance, and tornado warnings with an average lead time of 24 minutes. NWS issued warnings for more than 90 percent of these tornadoes.
  • The largest previous number of tornadoes on record in one event occurred from April 3-4, 1974, with 148 tornadoes.

There are also aerial damage photos now available in GE.

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Osama bin Laden compound in Abbottabad

UPDATE: In the fog of war, early reports are often erroneous. This was no exception.

Zeroing in on the compound. Threes a charm.  The first two seemed plausible, especially the second one with the high walls. Now the official Google Earth Blog weighs in:

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Lat/lon  34.169314°  73.242304° see it on Google Maps

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