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four years after the earthquake in Japan

Four years ago today, Japan was hit by a 9 magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale. It gave birth to a devastating tsunami which notably led to the Fukushima nuclear accident.

To mark this fourth "anniversary", Google is today releasing new Street View imagery. In areas that were affected by the disaster, it was captured by the Google Maps team as well as partners.

The Urban Renaissance Agency of Japan thus benefited from the Trekker loan program. This equipment, which is worn like a backpack (15 lenses of 5 megapixels for shots taken every 2.5 seconds), was recently used for the discovery of the Amazon rainforest.

This time, the purpose is to show the construction efforts undertaken for four years in Japan including for example for the city of Rikuzentakata which had been ravaged by gigantic waves. The imagery shows the huge conveyors deployed to transport 20,000 cubic meters of earth per day to assist in reconstruction.