NASA Earth
An Indian man, separated from his family as a child, discovered his lost hometown online.

Just how impressive are Google Earth’s rendered maps?

They’re detailed enough to trigger a 30-year-old man’s memory, leading him back to a family he hadn’t seen since he was five.

According to Australian newspaper The Mercury, Saroo Brierley was a five-year old Indian boy, begging at a train station, when life took a turn for the worse.

He boarded a train by mistake, fell asleep, and found himself ten hours away from home, with no idea how to get back. His misadventures included nearly drowning in the Ganges River and almost being kidnapped into slavery. He eventually was declared an orphan, then adopted by parents in Tasmania, Australia.

"Using Google Earth, I spent so many hours zooming in and out looking for something I recognised," he told the paper.

Eventually, he recognized the train station from that fateful day. He virtually roamed his old town and found some of its citizens. Finally, in early March, he flew there, and wandered the barely familiar streets until he found his family.

One brother, he found, died on the same train tracks that swept Brierley away. But his mother said she never stopped searching for him, and was told by fortune tellers they’d be united some day.

Photo by Shimgray

Promoted Stories Powered by Sharethrough
News
Amtrak train smashes truck carrying a lifetime supply of bacon
An Amtrak train carrying 203 passengers collided on Friday afternoon with a truck hauling tens of thousands of pounds of bacon. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
google maps
Stop everything and go play 'Pac-Man' on Google Maps
Google is known for its clever April Fool’s Day jokes—last year we could try and catch Pokémon on Google Maps and customize our Gmail inboxes with a shareable selfie feature called “shelfies.”
The Latest From Daily Dot Video
Group

Pure, uncut internet. Straight to your inbox.

Thanks for subscribing to our newsletter!