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01 March 2010, 11:23

OpenStreetMap updates its maps of Chile

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OSM Logo Following Saturday morning's major earthquake in Chile, aid efforts worldwide are already springing into action. The open source Open Street Map (OSM) project plans to lend its support by calling for volunteers to update its maps of Chile on the basis of the latest satellite images. This will assist orientation and coordination of aid teams in Chile.

OSM also mapped large volumes of data during the recent Haitian earthquake. Before the disaster, the OSM maps had been sketchy even in the capital Port-au-Prince. In Chile, thanks to an active local OSM community, the OSM maps are already pretty comprehensive, but, in the rural areas, with the exception of major roads, much remains to be mapped.

Following an appeal from the Argentinian emergency radio coordinator, amateur radio organisations are calling on members worldwide to keep a range of frequencies clear to avoid interfering with emergency amateur radio traffic in the disaster zone. Chilean emergency radio organisation RECNA (Red Chilena Nor Austral de Servicio) has established some communications, mainly with Argentina, following the collapse of the telephone network in many areas of the disaster zone.

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