[HOT] M6.1 earthquake shook Nicaragua's capital Managua, no reported (notable) damage -- OSM at epicenter basically unmapped

Mark Cupitt markcupitt at gmail.com
Fri Apr 11 02:36:31 UTC 2014


In case you missed it

Mapbox just announced theirDigitalGlobe HiRes Imagery is available of OSM

The Link http://www.digitalglobe blog.com/2014/04/09/mappingtheworldinosm/

Might be worth a look in your area


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On Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 10:31 AM, Jaakko Helleranta.com <
jaakko at helleranta.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> *In short:*
> Shallow M6.1 quake 60km North of capital of Nicaragua few hours back.
> Shook the city, scared people but didn't seem to cause notable damage.
>  No need for "proper" response.
> Regular mapping for e.g. epicenter areas is welcomed.
> *In length:*
> So I just wanted to notify you all of an earth quake that shook Managua a
> few hours ago pretty well<https://twitter.com/chalespinosa/status/454401405076660224>
>  (even thought the epicenter was 60 km away) and seemed to remind at least
> some of the 1972 big one. No notable damage however, it seems. Power and
> phone service gaps might be the biggest damage.
> This won't create a specific need for a response from HOT/OSM. But if
> someone feels like giving some Map Love to e.g. the epicenter area, which
> is nearly unmapped (except for main roads) that wouldn't hurt.
> * The epicenter was around Larreynaga<http://www.openstreetmap.org/node/302523984#map=14/12.6726/-86.5703>
> * We have good Bing coverage there.
> * There is also an almost finalized NGA 50k topo maps WMS layer for
> Nicaragua that has a lot of information that would be good to get to OSM.
> The epicenter area is well covered with the WMS (some other parts of the
> country still need some work).
> The WMS layer is a result of Pekka "posiki" Sarkola's (OSM active in
> Finland, he extracted the maps out of the GeoPDFs) and Mark Cupitt's (in
> the Philippines, he created the WMS + his server serving it) helping out --
> thanks to both!
> It is available at:
> http://topo.disasternet.org/?
> ... (including the "?" in the end)
> When adding the layer choose the only layer that comes up with a query,
> accept it, and, Tadaa!
> The map is public domain but marking source helps in data quality
> assurance/improvement later. The Nicaragua community prefers putting source
> tag on objects (to make it easier to understand where specific data comes
> from for fine-tuning, etc). e.g. "source=NGA 50k topo maps" is good.
> If you use the topo map layer a thing to note is that the railroads
> visible on the map are not there anymore (the tracks that is, at least for
> the most parts).
> The NGA locality data (that Severin wrote about<https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/sev_hotosm/diary/21038>
>  a little little while ago) has not yet been added into OSM in Nicaragua
> (at least in many areas including the quake struck).
> So, if someone (who's done the conversion(s) before is willing to create a
> dataset of that for Nicaragua for adding to OSM that would be great. I and
> the Nicaragua community would love to get our hands on that / work on the
> actual adding of the data.
> I won't be creating TM jobs for now as this doesn't seem to be an acute
> situation and we're in the process of working through the whole topo maps
> coverage for the country in the near future + the NGA location names db
> adding to OSM.
> Cheers,
> -Jaakko
> .. who lives in Managua but is currently in DC for the SoTM-US this
> weekend.
> --
> jaakko at helleranta.com * Skype: jhelleranta * Mobile: +505-8845-3391 (Nicaragua)
> * Voice(mail) / SMS / What's app: +1-202-730-9778 *
> http://about.me/jaakkoh
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