Codebreaker

Google Street View tours Japan

John Moe Dec 13, 2011

Google’s Street View program is offering a sobering tour of the areas of Japan devastated by the earthquake and tsunami. A special site lets you see before and after shots of the affected areas.

From the Google Blog:

A virtual tour via Street View profoundly illustrates how much these natural disasters have transformed these communities. If you start inland and venture out toward the coast, you’ll see the idyllic countryside change dramatically, becoming cluttered with mountains of rubble and debris as you get closer to the ocean. In the cities, buildings that once stood proud are now empty spaces.

As with anything Street View, you can zoom in and out to take closer looks or get a broad picture of what happened. And you can virtually stroll down the street. Google has also recently started time stamping all its Street View images with month and year so if you’re wondering when the shot was taken, you’ll know.

 

There’s a lot happening in the world.  Through it all, Marketplace is here for you. 

You rely on Marketplace to break down the world’s events and tell you how it affects you in a fact-based, approachable way. We rely on your financial support to keep making that possible. 

Your donation today powers the independent journalism that you rely on. For just $5/month, you can help sustain Marketplace so we can keep reporting on the things that matter to you.  

Half-priced hoodies! 😲 

This weekend only, get our new Marketplace zip up hoodie when you donate $8/month instead of $16/month. Don’t wait this offer ends at midnight Sunday!