If only Google did this for Hurricane Katrina...
Google just released a digital archive of the areas of Northeastern Japan affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami via Google Maps Street View and a special website entitled "Build the Memory."

"A virtual tour via Street View profoundly illustrates how much these natural disasters have transformed these communities," Street View Senior Product Manager Kei Kawai writes on the Google blog. "If you start inland and venture out toward the coast, you’ll see the idyllic countryside change dramatically, becoming cluttered with mountains of rubble and debris as you get closer to the ocean. In the cities, buildings that once stood proud are now empty spaces."

The "Build the Memory" site features before and after imagery to see exactly how the tsunami affected that particular area.

"To help people share their photographs and videos that did survive, Google created this site, “Mirai e no kioku”, which means “Memories for the Future” in Japanese," the site states. "It is our hope that this will help people rediscover lost memories of their homes and towns."
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