Google Maps Tours Japan's Tsunami-Stricken Fukushima Area

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2013-04-05
 
 
 

The Main Street of Namie-machi

On one of the main streets of this town, buildings lie in a state of collapse, and the lack of signs of life contributes to the eerie atmosphere.

The Main Street of Namie-machi

Major Buildings Remain Damaged

Many buildings, like this one in the foreground, collapsed during the earthquake or were damaged by the tsunami. Town officials still have not been able to remove them.

Major Buildings Remain Damaged

A Fishing Boat Left by a Highway

An abandoned fishing boat rests by a highway about a mile inland from the Pacific Ocean. The devastating tsunami carried it to this site.

A Fishing Boat Left by a Highway

In the Tsunami's Path

Viewers get a sense of the absolute devastation visited upon many coastal regions, such as here in Ishinomaki, where the damage was immense.

In the Tsunami's Path

Boat out of Water

Ukedo Harbor once boasted 140 fishing boats and 500 buildings, but suffered some of the worst tsunami damage, according to the town's mayor.

Boat out of Water

Cleanup Continues

Two years after the earthquake, tsunami and resulting nuclear crisis devastated Japan, cleanup efforts continue, such as here in Onagawa, Oshika District, Miyagi Prefecture.

Cleanup Continues

A Place of Learning No More

The Kamaishi Municipal Toni elementary school was completely destroyed and is going to be demolished.

A Place of Learning No More

The Disaster Gutted Production Sites

Here viewers can see the former production site and shop of the renowned Tohoku cake, Kamome no Tamago, which was washed away by the water.

The Disaster Gutted Production Sites

Documenting the Disaster

The Digital Archiving of Buildings Affected by Great East Japan Earthquake project creates, saves and publicizes photographic documentation of buildings damaged by the disaster.

Documenting the Disaster

Rikuzentakata Civic Center Destroyed

The tsunami reached the ceiling and severely damaged the whole building, leaving large chunks of shattered concrete strewn about.

Rikuzentakata Civic Center Destroyed

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