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For those who don’t follow Tech Crunch, I reblog this for general interest.


Two years after the devastating Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Google has made available Street View images of Namie-machi in the Fukushima exclusion zone. The area encompasses Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Plant, which after the disaster was the scene of the largest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. The 360-degree panoramic imagery, showing ruined buildings on empty streets, is both eerie and heartbreaking.

Google Street View Namie-machi

Namie-machi has been empty since its 21,000 residents were evacuated on March 11, 2011, the day of the earthquake. Google began photographing the area earlier this month after an invitation from Namie-machi’s mayor Tamotsu Baba. The imagery is part of Google’s digital archive project Memories for the Future.

Google Street View Namie-Sachi“Many of the displaced townspeople have asked to see the current state of their city, and there are surely many people around the world who want a better sense of how the nuclear incident affected surrounding communities, said Mayor Baba in…

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  1. I have seen some images on a german tech related blog too today. The photos of the areas are still frightening and sad.

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