Japan

Google Maps Allow to See Tsunami Affected Japanese Streets

Google runs Japan post-destruction reconstruction in the Google Maps application. By switching to the Street View you can see the Northeastern Japan streets after the tsunami caused by the earthquake in March 2011 that killed over 20,000 people. Google team has performed detailed analyses of the region by capturing over 27,000 miles (44,000 kilometers) and digitally archiving all of the tsunami affected area. Google team has captured 82 cities and villages in the prefectures of Miyagi, Iwate, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Yamagata and Aomori. The high quality pictures were then integrated into Google Map application. You can now take a 360-degree to the towns, streets, buildings and area affected by the disaster. 

Google has additionally offered an advanced possibility to compare the pre- and post-earthquake views. This can be achieved by the special application launched by Google. The Memories for the Future website developed by Google brings you the two views of the region before and after the tsunami. All you need is to drag-and-drop the small orange man from the left part of the screen into the region where you would like to virtually travel. You will appear in the selected area and you may see how it has changed since the earthquake. In some regions the differences are minor, but there are areas that will dramatically surprise you. According to Google’s officials, they hope that this project will help people to recover their memories, lost houses and relatives. For young Japanese people, this can be used as an interactive history class.


source: www.ubergizmo.com