Skip to comments.Google releases first satellite images of Japan after quake (includes before images)
Posted on 03/13/2011 5:12:46 AM PDT by NYer
First before-after image (Google and GeoEye / March 12, 2011)
Google on Saturday released its first satellite images of Japan since the devastation that followed a massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that hit the island nation Friday afternoon local time.
The images, from Google partner GeoEye, were generated by the IKONOS satellite. Google Earth users may view images from Kamaishi, located to the north of Sendai, an area extremely hard hit by the quake and tsunami. In the images, taken Saturday morning, Kamaishi is somewhat obscured by cloud clover.
In addition, Google released satellite images of Tokyo, also taken Saturday morning. Keep in mind that the images must be viewed using Google Earth, which can be downloaded onto your computer.
With Google Earth installed these links will let you view:
-- Kamaishi (north of the northern Japanese city of Sendai, which was devastated by the quake) , and Tokyo.
-- This is the before-and-after view of Kamaishi in Google Earth.
-- Google also released a map highlighting roads they consider passable post-earthquake, meaning a car subscribing to their navigation service was able to use the road during the past 24 hours. The map is updated daily and can be translated from Japanese to English with Google Translate.
The map, which is in Japanese, is updated daily, Google officials said. They suggest English speakers use Google translate if they are interested reading the road map.
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Arahama in Sendai in 2008. © 2011 Google, DigitalGlobe 2008年 宮城県仙台市若林区荒浜 © 2011 Google, DigitalGlobe
Arahama in Sendai after tsunami. © 2011 Google, GeoEye 被災後 宮城県仙台市若林区荒浜（現地2011/3/12 撮影） © 2011 Google, GeoEye
Yagawahama in Miyagi in 2007. © 2011 Google, DigitalGlobe 2007年 宮城県石巻市谷川浜 © 2011 Google, DigitalGlobe
Yagawahama in Miyagi after tsunami. © 2011 Google, GeoEye 被災後 宮城県石巻市谷川浜（現地2011/3/12 撮影） © 2011 Google, GeoEye
Unbelievable ! Wow.
This will take you right to the slide show for other comparisons.
Thank you for posting that link. Truly amazing images.
Unfortunately, it is common in Japan (longest life expectancy) to have the elderly move into their child's home. Due to lack of space, and expensiveness, the elderly are left at home to babysit, clean house, do chores, rest, etc....and the working adults take the only cars to work. I fear that a large percentage of elderly will be in the death toll.
Great link, Sonofagun!
Looks like the Tsunami did more damage then the quake itself. What a mess and God bless those people.
Credit goes to Scutter for posting the original ABC link.
Yeah..all the back up power and back up of the back up...
second guessing here...I wonder if they would have survived if all the back-ups had been located at the rear of the facility...instead of along the sea front.
In the last image it looks like the water crested over those small mountains. That would be incredible.
Great link. Thanks.
Agreed. The death toll is going to be huge, especially for an industrialized country.
What a disaster. I was watching some footage, and as the water came in, you could see a car peel out and head up a road. If you look carefully, there was a small, solitary figure of a human, barely discernible.
Running up the same road after the car. Not a chance for that guy. That just looked lonely, sad and desperate.
I pray for them. This is a trial.
This whole thing has made me realize what a puny presence we are against nature. It can effortlessly wipe away our best efforts.
Amazing shots of absolutely horrific destruction! Thanks for this post.
Prayers continuing for the people of Japan!
Thanks. The differences in the photos I see here are missleading. If you compare “unaffected” areas in before and after pictures, the “after” are dark and brown while the “before” are pretty and colorful. That’s sort of missleading.
One needs to analyze the details of structures that were there before and the structures that are missing afterwards, waterlines, traffic, roads and such.
Once having done that, one can see the truly devastating nature of it.
I fear you are right. Don’t have many direct contacts in Japan anymore, but from the family of friends from Japan, they have said most are expecting the toll to rise quite a bit.
The second set of images show all of the mud, sand and debris that comes as a result. Time of day might have played a role here but no mistaking the obliteration.
>>The second set of images show all of the mud, sand and debris that comes as a result. <<
Yes, but I’m talking about the hills that were not touched. They are dark and chocolaty while the before pictures show them a nice colorful green.
Thanks for the ping.
I think it’s more a case of the before pic being in summer and the after is winter, with a lack of foliage. That would account for the appearance of the mountains.
Note the survival of many long buildings when their short side faces the coast, presenting much less of a block to the wave surge.
The ‘after’ looks to be night time
Although no one has done it on this thread, this might be a good place to ask everyone to knock it off with the Godzilla graphics. Not original, clever, or funny. At the very moment someone uploads a Godzilla graphic, some helpless victim in Japan is dying of horrific injuries, thirst, or exposure.
Can’t think of strong enough words, that don’t sound apocalyptic, to describe the magnitude of this devastation. Three major catastrophic events in one week for these people...how do you pick up and go on? God help them.
Well said, 668; It took less than 12 hours before the boringly predictable Godzillas came out - and worse, one idiot to connect this horror to Pearl Harbor (here on FR!).
It can wipe away our best efforts, effortlessly. I'm reminded of the verse that says, "the weakness of God is stronger than the strength of men." 1 Corinthians 1:25
I don't know about the rest of you, but as I look at the state of our Nation, the unrest in the world, the state of the world economy, these disasters around the world, I can only have faith in God because nothing else seems to stand.
For me and my house, I just put my children in the hand of the Almighty God. All of these things can not reach them there. He is the rock of my salvation, my deliverance in times of trouble.
I think your approach and faith is sensible.
In the face of all that appears insensible, God is a rock of stability.
I couldn’t agree more strongly. I cannot find one single thing to laugh about here.
I know people often forget that many of the things we see on the Internet ARE real. They aren’t made up stories, these are true and current accounts of a people desperately struggling for survival.
People forget. These events involve REAL people in REAL situations, not some internet myth about a car with rocket motors attached to it where the guy supposedly became a grease spot on a canyon wall.
These are REAL people in a horrible, horrible situation.
We pray to God for their deliverance from suffering.
May be that the before photo's are from spring or summer when the foliage is green.
That’s an awesome treatment of the pictures, thanks for the link.
That and, the next time it could be us. We’re on the other side of the ring of fire, and what’s going on there will affect what’s going on here.