Surge Desk has acquired the following screen shots of the before-and-after views of the neighborhood. The location of the center of the explosion is indicated by the red flame icon.
Today, Google released those images via a free, downloadable KML file for Google Earth. To get the file to work on your own computer, first download Google Earth, install it, then download the KML file and open it with Google Earth. It should automatically take you to the location of the San Bruno fire, right at the corner of Earl Avenue and Glenview Street. If it does not, simply look in the left-hand column of the program. You should find a folder labeled "San Bruno." Double-click this and the program should take you to the site. You can then toggle the before and after views using the button the to the left.
The Google Earth view should also help to nail down the exact details of the San Bruno explosion and subsequent fire, which remain forthcoming. Conflicting reports list between 15 and 53 homes destroyed and four people have been confirmed dead, although the body count may be up to seven now. Pacific Gas and Electric Co., the company that owned the gas pipeline that ruptured, announced today it is establishing a $100 million disaster-relief fund for the victims.