Cloud Computing: Google Maps Imagery Charts Japanese Earthquake, Tsunami Devastation

 
 
By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-03-14
 
 
 

Sendai 2008

Here is the coastal town of Arahama in Sendai undisturbed three years ago.

Sendai 2008

Sendai 2011

This is what Arahama in Sendai looked like as of March 12, 2011, after the tsunami swept through the region.

Sendai 2011

Natori 2008

Here is the town of Yuriage in Natori in 2008.

Natori 2008

Natori Now

The tsunami also flattened buildings in Yuriage.

Natori Now

Sendai Airport

Here is the Sendai Airport pictured in 2003.

Sendai Airport

Airport Today

This shows the Sendai Airport after the tsunami.

Airport Today

Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant 04

This Satellite photo shows a fully intact and operational Fukushima nuclear plant in 2004.

Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant 04

Nuclear Plant Post Quake

Here's the nuclear plant after the tsunami swept across it, but before the outer shell collapsed. On March 14, an explosion rocked unit 3 of the power station and destroyed the roof of a reactor building.

Nuclear Plant Post Quake

Minamisoma in Fukushima Prefecture

This is what the coastal township of Kashimaku in Minamisoma looked like in 2011 before the tsunami.

Minamisoma in Fukushima Prefecture

Minamisoma After

Here is Kashimaku after it was devastated by the tsunamis rolling waves.

Minamisoma After

Iwaki 2005

Onahama township in Iwaki was the picture of peaceful orderliness in 2005.

Iwaki 2005

Iwaki 2011

Homes and buildings are shattered in Onahama after the tsunami struck.

Iwaki 2011

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