Google Earth Images Document the Effect of the Disaster in Japan

High-resolution provided by the Google satellite give an overview of the incredible destruction caused by the recent earthquake and subsequent tsunamis in Japan.

Google Satellite Japan main

Google Satellite Japan main

For those who aren't experiencing Japan's current tragedy first hand, it's kind of hard to really take in the scope of the whole situation. But, some images pulled from Google's satellite help us visualize exactly how catastrophic this whole event has been.

Coastlines have been drastically changed and entire sections of land have been overrun with water that has brought with it dirt and debrit.

They have put the entire high-res collection up on Picasa for users to look through. They're incredibly powerful and amazing at the same time.

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Minamisanriku in 2002.
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Minamisanriku after the tsunami.Google
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Sendai airport in 2003.Google
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Sendai Airport after tsunami.Google
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Soccer field in Minamisanriku in 2002.Google
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SOS on soccer field in Minamisanriku after the tsunami.Google
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Area of border between Ofunato and Rikuzentakata in 2005.Google
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Area of border between Ofunato and Rikuzentakata after the tsunami.Google
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Fujitsuka in Sendai in 2008. © 2011 Google, DigitalGlobe 2008年 宮城県仙台市若林区藤塚 © 2011 Google, DigitalGlobe
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Fujitsuka in Sendai after tsunami. © 2011 Google, GeoEye 被災後 宮城県仙台市若林区藤塚(現地2011/3/12 撮影) © 2011 Google, GeoEye
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Yuriage in Natori in 2008. © 2011 Google, DigitalGlobe 2008 年 宮城県名取市閖上 © 2011 Google, DigitalGlobe
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Yuriage in Natori after tsunami. © 2011 Google, GeoEye 被災後 宮城県名取市閖上(現地2011/3/12 撮影) © 2011 Google, GeoEye