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Global Incident Map
Something is happening somewhere in the world every minute. Mayhem. terror, and other suspicious activities make the planet a frighteningly busy place. You don't have to be morbid to want to know what's going on. The Global Incident Map website is an incredible tool for keeping up with current terrorist activities, among other things. The interactive world map flashes in the area on the map where an event has taken place. The free version is 24-48 hours delayed but well worth seeing. If you join, more details become available. The Global Incident Map boasts members of several U.S. military organizations, law enforcement, Fortune 500 companies, foreign governments and other federal agencies. It is also appreciated by individuals who like to stay informed. The website's moderators are friendly and easily accessible. Following are some features of this site.
The first page of the Global Incident Map site keeps track of terrorist incidents around the world. A ticker tape strip below the map announces recent alerts and activity. As an example, today in the Ukraine a bomb ripped through a Ukrainian cathedral killing 1 and injuring 8. This is where you find your breaking news. The map itself is amazingly alive flashing where events of suspicious activity or terror attacks occurred. Paid subscribers to the site can hover their cursor over the icons and see exactly what's happening there. The map can be viewed as a satellite or hybrid image as well.
A new feature of this website is an up-to-date report of earthquake activity around the globe. The map indicates the location of the quake with a circle. The color and size of the circle determines the strength of the earthquake. Hovering over it will give you the city and magnitude and approximate time. Below the map, a list of all recent earthquake activity is provided including information about the time, date, region, magnitude and depth. A link for even more details is available. The Global Incident Map imports this data from the USGS feed.
There's plenty of people flying the friendly skies at any given time. Unfortunately the large amount of air traffic gives rise to increasing occurrences of accidents and crashes. The Global Incident Map website provides "a continuously updated global display" of non-terror aviation mishaps and events. Not only can you see the areas on the world map where an event has taken place, an ongoing list of the 100 newest incidents and breaking news is featured below the map. This comprehensive site even offers the opportunity to search for aviation news by incident, country or date. Well worth your time.
TERRORISM PREDICTION -
This feature of the Global Incident Map website can almost be scary. It highlights predictive intelligence about suspicious events by type and location. You can search by month, week or day. Each type of potential incident is listed and you can click on the "map" link to see where the danger lies. You can also search by country. As an example - there is a 100% chance that some sort of explosive will go off in Bangladesh in the next month but only an 8% chance that this will occur in Bermuda. It's easy to spend a lot of time on this feature.
FOREST FIRES -
Here you can keep up with forest fires, wildfires and brush fires in North America. The 30 newest events are listed beneath the interactive map. By clicking on a particular fire incident, a new window will open with detailed information. It will tell you how many acres are involved, whether there are structures in danger and how the firefighting is progressing. A map of the exact area is also displayed. If you live in the United States, Canada or Mexico this feature of the Global Incident Map website may be of interest to you.
PRESIDENTIAL THREAT -
This map displays a running list of suspicious activity and threats to the White House and the U.S. presidency. Like other maps on this site, it is updated continuously and hovering over the flashing orbs will provide more detail. The worldwide threats are numerous and include incidents found on blogs and Twitter. The breaking news section features the 100 most recent events. Links to the source of the information are provided when you pursue individual details.
AMBER ALERT -
For anyone whose child has gone missing in the United States, the Amber Alert just may literally be a lifesaver. The Global Incident Map website participates in this by offering an ongoing interactive map of where a child has disappeared. Beneath the map a list of the children who thankfully were found is available as well as a list of those still missing. Again details of the incidents are available with a click. There is even a section that lets us know where there was an attempted abduction. This is a great public service by the Global Incident Map folks.
BORDER SECURITY -
This comprehensive feature of the site covers a lot of ground. It not only highlights North American border incidents, but remains up to date with immigration issues. Here you can find information and links to border weapons trafficking, violence, human trafficking, narcotics, and kidnapping activity. Besides all that, you can find links to immigration policy and politics, Homeland Security reports, the Mexican mafia and more. Of all the sections on the Global Incident Map website this one encompasses broader detail with the issues at hand.
This global display of major drug interdictions is also continually updated. Newest worldwide events are highlighted. Incidents in this section are broken up into type of drug involved including heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, marijuana, steroids and even OxyContin. You can learn about recent multi-drug raids, arrests and discoveries. You can also search by country, date or type of drug.
I never knew so many gangs existed in North America until I discovered this site. The Global Incident Map separates the information by gang name and location. Everything from street or motorcycles gangs to drive-by shootings to weapons trafficking is covered here. You can learn about hate crimes have been committed or what the Aryan Brotherhood is up to. This section also offers a neat link to gang graffiti and tattoos. Many links include videos.
The Global Incident Map website provides a great public service with this section. They keep track of any new confirmed outbreaks of not only H1N1 swine flu but the avian flu as well. The 50 newest events around the world are listed and when clicked on will provide any detail. Breaking news is constantly updated. Each click will bring up a map where the flu outbreak is located. If you think these outbreaks are old news, this site will make you think again.
Also covered are dangerous Hazmat situations occurring in North America. These include chemical spills, fuel, oil and gas spills, fumes, leaks, explosives, fires and other hazardous threats. False alarms are also reported. You can read the full article about the event after clicking on the "details" link. As an example today a gas leak in Melbourne, Florida prompted an evacuation. It was caused by an accidental cutting of a gas line by construction workers. It is amazing how many of these events occur.
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I am not affiliated with GlobalIncidentMap.com in any way but thought it was an informative and interesting site to share. The folks there are always open to suggestion and have live support. Check it out.
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