Japanese disaster imagery, one year later

It’s been a year since the huge earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, and Google has released fresh imagery to show the recovery made by Japan over the past 12 months.
The new imagery was captured during the past month, and covers almost the entire northeastern coastline of Japan from Hachinohe down to Hitachi City. As you can see from some of the snapshots below, the improvements made to the country in the past year are quite remarkable.
Here is a bridge from Minami Sanriku Town, Miyagi:


Another great example that Google featured was from Shiogama Port, Miyagi:

To head over there to see the imagery for yourself, simply fly to Japan in Google Earth or use this KML file to be automatically flown to that part of the country. It’s heartwarming to see how well the rebuilding effort has been going, and hopefully they’ll be able to continue to put the pieces back into place.
(via Google Lat Long Blog)

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.


  1. Dr. Jacqui Cyrus says:

    Hi Mr. Petra:
    Thank you for sharing these dramatic photos.

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