How Google Is Making Sure We Never Forget Japan's Tragic Earthquake

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On March 11, 2011, everything changed. Japan was hit hard with a massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami. Lives were destroyed. Lives were lost. The country is still rebuilding, and the aftershocks are still being felt by those impacted most.

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As time marches on, some think about that day less and less. Google, however, is doing its part so we—and the future—never forget.

The Digital Archiving of Buildings Affected by Great East Japan Earthquake is part of Google's Memories for the Future site. From school gyms to shopping centers, it's possible to get a virtual tour of buildings in Iwate and Fukushima that were impacted by the damage. The site also shows pre and post disaster imagery in Google Street View.

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There's more through the link below, or you can have a look at the above gallery.

Memories for the Future [Google via IT Media]


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truthtellah
truthtellah

And another little quake and meter-sized tsunami off Japan just minutes ago. Fortunately, no reports yet of any damage. http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/07/world/asia/japan-earthquake/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Another tragedy like the Tohoku Earthquake is still a real danger, and these little quakes are a common reminder of that threat. Hopefully the country can continue to work to be even more prepared to prevent this level of damage again.