Google has unveiled an interactive map for citizens of Tokyo to make crisis preparation in the event of natural disasters easier in the future.
On Friday, the tech giant revealed the map in a post on the Google Asia Pacific blog. The time of the announcement is close to the 91st anniversary of the Great Kanto earthquake, a combination of earthquake and tsunami which is considered to be the worst natural disaster ever to strike Japan. The country, which is quake-prone due to its location, had to recover following the 1923 earthquake, tsunami and fires which took the lives of approximately 140,000 people.
The Great Kanto earthquake may be consigned to the history books, but the more recent 2011 earthquake and tsunami which struck Japan killed over 15,000 people, damaged nuclear reactors and cost over $300 billion in damages.
Japan remains at risk of such natural events, and to help Japanese citizens prepare for future disasters, Google worked with data collected from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to develop the map and compile it within a digital format. The map, currently centered on the Japanese capital Tokyo, contains data including vulnerability to risks like building collapse and fire hazards, as well as the level of difficulty of conducting emergency response operations in certain communities based on existing roadway networks.
In order to assist citizens in case of emergency, the map also shows public phone locations and emergency relief shelters.
View the map here.