In the aftermath of Ecuador's devastating earthquake on April 16th, satellite imagery company DigitalGlobe launched an initiative that leverages the power of crowdsourcing to map damage. A similar project was launched in Nepal in 2015 and now the same technology is being used to help the victims of Ecuador's earthquake.
The project is called 'Tomnod' and it is run by DigitalGlobe. The project uses the power of crowdsourcing to let volunteers at home map earthquake damage remotely. Users can find and tag damaged buildings, roads and other areas that have been damaged by comparing before-and-after images posted by the company. The images are then shared with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, which works with rescue workers on the ground to identify where help is needed most.
The project demonstrates how the power of crowdsourcing can be used in emergency situations to improve the speed and efficiency of rescue crews.