Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Technology can be cruel—Google Earth contrasts pre- and post-tsunami Japan
by Larry Geller
We lived in Japan for many years and have a great feeling of sadness for the people who have suffered multiple tragedies. And of course, it’s far from over, hundreds of thousands of people are still in great pain.
So I fired up Google Earth to have a look at some of the places in the news. For example, the town of Minamisanrikui in Miyagi Prefecture. Here it is, or rather was, at some time in the recent past when the satellite picture was taken (click for larger):
I was hoping for some “street views.” but there were none. But there is a little camera icon in the middle of this view, so I clicked on it, and got this (again, click for larger):
It was actually a bit of a shock, I was expecting a view of some shop or building or famous place.