Tracking bushfire news tops Google’s information sites

Information about the devastating fires along the east coast of Australia, especially in NSW, was the most searched for item by Google in 2019.

The “fires near me” page topped Google’s search statistics for 2019 as people rushed to track the raging flames threatening urban areas and cutting  a swathe of destruction in rural areas, destroying millions of hectares and dozens of houses.

The top 10 search subjects on Google produced a variety of topics ranging from major sporting events to the deaths of famous identities and world news.

“Beyond our borders, we showed our concern for the Amazon and asked why it was burning,” Google said. “We also tried to make sense of atrocities and attacks, searching for Christchurch and Sri Lanka – and why Hong Kong is protesting.”

Sport, as expected, was a popular theme.

The rugby union and cricket world cups made the top five on the most-researched  list.

Australia’s latest tennis superstar Ash Barty headed the list of top trending Australians. The women’s world cup was also prominent in sport searches.

In world events, the 30th anniversary of “The Fall of The Berlin Wall” and the “Christchurch Shooting” in March this year also prompted extensive Google searches.

Deaths of prominent people were also a target for searchers with American actor Cameron Boyce on top of the list.

Former AFL great, commentator and media personality Danny Frawley’s passing was the second-most Googled death followed by Riverdale star Luke Perry at number three.

Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke was number four.

The top five trending Australians according to Google were:

  1. Tennis champion Ash Barty
  2. Former senator Fraser Anning
  3. Controversial footballer Israel Folau
  4. Singer Cody Simpson
  5. Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Google’s full list of trending 2019 searches:

  1. Fires near me
  2. Rugby union world cup
  3. Cricket world cup
  4. Election results Australia 2019
  5. Cameron Boyce
  6. Thanos
  7. Avengers Endgame
  8. Danny Frawley
  9. The fall of the Berlin wall
  10. Christchurch shooting

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  7. Brexit
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  10. Amazon fire

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