• Dec 13, 2011
The online news cycle moves at a blistering pace. It's easy to forget that, while the story of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami that occurred last March may move from the front page, individuals are still struggling to cope with the widespread devastation on the island.

Google took it upon itself to document the structural destruction in some of the hardest hit areas in its Google Maps Street View function. The tech giant covered more than 27,000 miles to provide a 360-degree imagery archive of the communities that are still reeling from the natural disasters nine months later.

Google has even started a new web site to allow viewers to compare before and after images of specific areas. The Build The Memory site is a stark reminder that, while the world marches on, there's plenty of recovery left in Japan. Head over to the site for a closer look.


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      clquake
      • 3 Years Ago
      The power of mother nature makes man look so insignificant. In a flash, she can make it look like we never existed.
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      i lost my sympathy when i hear that they use 30 million out of the rebuild fond to continue whaling!
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Lachmund
        read! http://blog.sfgate.com/yaki/2011/12/13/japan-tsunami-relief-funds-go-to-save-whaling/
          Jason Allen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
          Keep up the good fight. There are decent people here who will lose respect for japan as a society when they learn of the bloodlust they have in relation to every living creature they have ever encountered. Their indefensible slaughter of intellegent mammals is despicable.
      Valentin Suhr
      • 3 Years Ago
      they should indeed stop whaling and start lachmunding immediatly.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Valentin Suhr
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        haji
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Valentin Suhr
        your name sounds like a terrorist, by the way.
      superchan7
      • 3 Years Ago
      Always shocking to see chaos wreaked upon such an order-obsessed society. And any comments about whaling are quite irrelevant.
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @superchan7
        are they? if the government decides to use money to continue (and expand) whaling instead of helping it's people, building homes and such...that's irrelevant?! it IS relevant and a perversion imho.
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @superchan7
        please read: http://blog.sfgate.com/yaki/2011/12/13/japan-tsunami-relief-funds-go-to-save-whaling/
      marre
      • 3 Years Ago
      God's punishment for "kei cars" nation.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @marre
        [blocked]
      Jason Allen
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you wish to make a humane donation to help people in Japan you should use google to find the several small independent animal rescue groups who are caring for displaced and orphaned pets (and those workers do not support the general japanese tendency to treat all living creatures with cruel inhumanity). I have love for individual Japanese people but the society as a whole should go away for the betterment of the rest of the world. All the decent japanese people I know have rejected mainstream japanese culture and they are proud of it and better for it. I love my Scion but it's not worth letting japan continue it's present activities. I buy japanese as little as possible now and forever (yes I hate Finland too, and our stupid pacific NW indians who hunt orcas with shotguns, just trash).
        kmanning83
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jason Allen
        "The society as a whole should go away for the betterment of the rest of the world." What a totally f'd thing to say. I live in Japan and trust me, there are as decent of people here as you'll meet anywhere in the world. Your little rant is pretty vague, but it sounds like you've got a beef with Japan's whaling policies. Whale meat is rare and expensive here (i.e. extremely uncommon), and the Japanese take enough precaution to whale it limited numbers so as to not endanger the species. If you're going to be an obnoxious animal rights activist, you'll do better to put your energy into curbing the human influence on global warming; that is a FAR greater risk to your beloved whales (and every species on earth, for that matter). For the record, I've never had whale meat, but I look forward to the chance to try it someday. I have had horse sushi, however, and it is delicious. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
          Jason Allen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @kmanning83
          Yes, they slaughter more whales than they could ever eat and they slaughter more every year. They slaughter sharks by cutting there fins off and thowing them overboard to drown or get crushed. They raped all of nanking and don't feel any shame. They prod at bears and other zoo animals to get them to "do stuff" for the 'people' to see. They started WWII but whine and act like vicitms when the US did all it had to to WIN the war. They deserved even more bombs than they got! Yet they are the poor poor victims, every one feel sorry for them, smart decent people. BS! Turn your back on a drunk male at night and we'll never hear from you again sweetheart! (You sounded like a brainwashed little girl) Hate the society that won't confront or deal with any of these issues. I do everything I can to lessen my impact on the world you fool! That's why I have the right to be this sactimonious. You are just too used to know-nothings acting sanctimonious when they had no right BUT I DO! Trust me on that.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jason Allen
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      theblackemblem
      • 3 Years Ago
      I live in Tokyo, and the stricken areas aren't really that far away from where I live. People compared these places to the aftermath of World War II, and I agree. It's a shame our government isn't doing that much to help. For example, the government needs to cut their own spending (reducing their salary, for example), because taxes alone cannot make up for the cost of restoring these areas. We also have so many debris to get of. As of now, we don't see any of this happening. It should follow that, even after nine months, many individuals are still struggling to accept reality. This news may be old, but I hope that people throughout the world will still show gratitude for the victims.
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @theblackemblem
        instead they use 30 million out of the rebuild fond to continue whaling. happy i didn't donate. i will donate to sea shepherd instead.
          haji
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
          mind your own fuc*en business, as*hole
          Lachmund
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
          no sorry..i'm not as ignorant as you are
      Evan
      • 3 Years Ago
      So it washed the painted stripes off the pavement? Suspicious.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Evan
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      • 3 Years Ago
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      Avoidhotmail
      • 3 Years Ago
      If only the worlds resources were spent on recovery assistance instead of gas, food, wages, per diem, hotels for Google employees. I wish I could be frozen for 50yrs just to finally be able to say "I told you so".
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