It has been nearly nine months since disaster struck the Tohoku region of Japan, and the destruction is still felt in in the region on a daily basis–whether it is the radiation from the nuclear power plant, or the rebuilding of communities that were swept away by the monster tsunamis. Perhaps many people outside of Japan have already forgotten about the devastation there; however, Google
has launched a special website, Memories for the Future – Japan: Before and After the Earthquake and Tsunami
, to bring focus to the crippled area once again. This website makes use of the Google Maps
technology to show the landscape of the affected areas, pre- and post-destruction. At a glance, the extensive damage becomes evident, and the once-developed residential areas now seem like ghost towns.