A Natural Response to Disasters

When a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador, Carolina students raced to help those in need. They partnered with the University Libraries in a “Humanitarian Mapathon” to support Humanitarian OpenStreetMap, a crowdsourced mapping program that aids countries affected by a national crisis. Students volunteered to review satellite imagery, and added features such as roads and buildings to help rescue workers searching for survivors in the rubble. This technology saves lives throughout the world.

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