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Trulia releases wildfire, hurricane and tornado hazard maps

Databases of past events tapped to help visualize potential for disaster
Published on Aug 15, 2013

Consumers shopping for homes on Trulia have three new color-coded interactive map features to help them get a feel for the potential for wildfires, hurricanes, tropical storms or tornadoes in U.S. cities in the lower 48 states.The three new hazard maps join two others -- flood and earthquake -- that Trulia released in May and are designed to help consumers and their agents "to better visualize what a place is like," said Peter Black, Trulia's lead geospatial engineer, who led the team of the three that designed the maps."After Hurricane Sandy hit we felt a personal connection and we decided to go through with the plan to build these maps," Black told Inman News at Trulia headquarters in San Francisco Wednesday during a demo of the new hazard maps.Peter Black, Trulia's lead geospatial engineer, introduces the new Trulia wildfire hazard map. (1:39)The maps, which are built with public data and include a visualization of the magnitude, location and name of past events...

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