On March 11, 2011, everything changed. Japan was hit hard with a massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami. Lives were destroyed. Lives were lost. The country is still rebuilding, and the aftershocks are still being felt by those impacted most.
As time marches on, some think about that day less and less. Google, however, is doing its part so we — and the future — never forget.
The Digital Archiving of Buildings Affected by Great East Japan Earthquake is part of Google’s Memories for the Future site. From school gyms to shopping centres, it’s possible to get a virtual tour of buildings in Iwate and Fukushima that were impacted by the damage. The site also shows pre and post disaster imagery in Google Street View.