Trulia releases wildfire, hurricane and tornado hazard maps

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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...