A New Zealand-based company has created a Google Earth simulation of the path of the Costa Concordia, the cruise ship that went aground last week off the coast of Tuscany.
PlanetinAction.com owner Paul van Dinther created the model using cruise ship tracking data from Cleancruising.com.au and a radio system that transmits ship course and speed to other vessels. He had already visualized cruises for Cleancruising.com.au in the past, creating digital tours to sell cruises.
"When the Concordia went down, we thought, 'We have this model, maybe we can do something with it,'" Van Dinther said in a phone interview from New Zealand. He said he plans to use his technology to do more simulations of news events.
-- Emily Alpert
Photo: Crews continue the search for the missing Wednesday on the stricken cruise ship Costa Concordia off the island of Giglio. Credit: Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images