More than two years ago, a tsunami hit Japan, devastating many cities. The worst of the damage was the nuclear power plant, which was destroyed in the disaster. For the 21,000 residents of Namie-machi, this meant that they had to evacuate their homes. Years later, they can not return due to the nuclear hazard still lingering over the land. Many want to see the city, see their homes, but are unable to. So Google and the mayor of Namie-machi, Tamotsu Baba, teamed up to show people the state of the city.
They sent Street View cars throughout the city, capturing it in the exact state it is. The maps are now available, and they evoke some serious emotion. The city cannot be rebuilt, and may not be for many more years. But this project will help awareness and fuel commitment to take the city back. Leave your thoughts in the comments, we’d love to know what you think of this imagery.