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Google launches Street View for tsunami-stricken Japan regions

Google has launched Street View for the tsunami-stricken parts of Japan, providing a digital archive of the effects of the disaster that hit earlier this year.

Google has launched Street View for the tsunami-stricken parts of Japan, providing a digital archive of the effects of the disaster that hit earlier this year.

The project involved over 44,000 kilometers of driving in Googlemobiles to map the affected areas, delivering on a promise the search giant made in July to deliver a record of events called Build the Memory, a special website that displays before and after images of destroyed towns.
 
Users can check Street View via Google Maps for a 360-degree panoramic view of destroyed buildings and landscape left in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that hit the country in March.
 
 
The images display a month and year from when they were taken, which could prove valuable for historical work in documenting the effects of the tsunami. The timestamp feature, which Google said was much requested, has also been rolled out to other Street View images across the world.
 
Some people might see this as an insensitive move by Google, but the company believes that this digital archive will be of value to researchers and scientists studying the effects of natural disasters. It also ensures that the devastation and loss of life will not be forgotten, and it will hopefully go a long way to helping prevent such destruction in the event of future natural disasters.

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