Cloud Computing: Google Street View Offers Before, After Photos of Japan Tsunami Devastation
Japan's March earthquake and tsunami were incredibly sweeping in their devastation. One of the ways Google can help is to educate the world not just about the effects of the natural disasters, but of how Japan has changed in terms of topography. Within hours of the incident, Google put together one of its crisis response centers, including real-time updates about the disaster, a person locator, emergency lines, a disaster bulletin board and train information to help people evacuate. Google also loaded Picasa Web Albums with Google Maps content from satellite imagery providers to show areas affected most by the disaster. Google in July began using its Google Maps Street View fleet of vehicles to digitally archive the areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami. The company Dec. 13 released 360-degree panoramic photos spanning more than 27,000 miles across affected regions on this special Website called "Build the Memory." The Website lets visitors compare before and after shots of the towns rocked by the catastrophe. eWEEK runs through some of those photos in this slide show.