Amazing panoramas of post-earthquake Japan

While I was at Where 2.0 last week, I got to spend some time talking to Jeffrey Martin from 360cities. We’ve covered some of their new panoramas before (such as the protests in France last year), but he told me that they had some amazing ones coming from Japan soon — and now they’re here.
Photographer Akila Ninomiya recently traveled to Japan and captured dozens of amazing 360 degree panoramas of the damage.

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There are three ways to view these panoramas.
1 — From inside of Google Earth, make sure you have the “Photos” layer turned on and then fly to one of the cities in Japan that has some of these panoramas: Rikuzen-Takada, Kamaishi, Osawa, Miyako, Settai, and Omoto. You’ll see some orange colored placemarks to indicate each panorama.
2 — Use this KML file to see only the new post-earthquake panoramas, which makes it quite easy to get to them.
3 — Head over to Mr. Ninomiya’s page on 360cities and you can view them right on their site.
This is a great example of a talented photographer and an innovate website working together with the tools provided by Google to make amazing imagery available to the rest of the world. Great work by all involved!

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.



Comments

  1. When I search in google earth, it said, “We could not understand the location New York, NY. There is no mistake and the location does exist! What can I do to fix the issue?

  2. jonahrf — I can’t seem to duplicate the problem. When I search for that, it flies right there no matter where I am in earth.
    Can anyone else confirm the same issue?

  3. It seems to be working now. Also, the panoramas of the earthquake seem cool

  4. When I search in google earth, it said, “We could not understand the location New York, NY. There is no mistake and the location does exist! What can I do to fix the issue

  5. When I search in google earth, it said, “We could not understand the location New York, NY. There is no mistake and the location does exist! What can I do to fix the issue

  6. My Google Earth won’t let me go to ground level. It always worked before, so I wondered if something was going on today? I also have many, many cameras, that don’t seem to be at the correct location. For instance, I may have one at my location, but, the one right next to it, might be in the next town over.??

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