The Japanese subsidiary of U.S. Internet giant Google Tuesday introduced a vast bank of interactive images of the zone of northeastern Japan devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, to browse the area and compared with the previous situation.
These views were mostly taken from the month of July in the prefectures of Miyagi, Iwate, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Yamagata and Aomori, most affected by the disaster that left nearly 20,000 dead or missing.
Google vehicles traveled 44,000 kilometers of roads in these provinces Tohoku (northeast), capturing the 360-degree views of 82 cities and villages and the coupling to a base map, using the technique “Street View”.
These images, where we see the piles of debris, gutted buildings, transformed into the vast wasteland, boats overturned, show the magnitude of the earthquake and tsunami.
At the request of users, Google Japan has compiled alongside images of the same region before the earthquake, providing a comparison tool that shows the extent of damage, many homes and other buildings have been razed to the ground.
Google hoped that these documents will provide useful elements for the scientific community to better understand what happened March 11, 2011 and maintain a set of archives for future generations.
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