Skip to main content

Google releases satellite image of Sendai, Japan after the earthquake

As reports of worker strain and Nuclear contamination continue to come out of Japan, Google has released a new satellite image of the Sendai region, which was hit hardest by the earthquake and tsunami three weeks ago. The new images are now fully available in Google Maps and Google Earth. The search company hopes these images may be of some assistance to anyone aiding in the relief efforts in Japan. Google will continue to take updated photographs of the region as this crisis unfolds.


To learn more of the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami, check out these related stories.

Related Videos

Editors' Recommendations

Buying an outfit is as easy as googling an image with new Shop the Look feature
google mobile search ridesharing

Guard your wallets, friends. Shopping online is about to get even easier.

Now, instead of combing through various online stores and digital catalogs to find that awesome outfit you saw when you googled that image of a cocktail dress, you'll be able to click right into the picture and check out the featured (or similar) clothing.

Read more
Was that an earthquake? Google will now let you know
google campus

Social media has already proven itself to be a hugely useful tool for seismologists tracking and predicting earthquakes, and now the internet is about to get even more useful in that regard. On Thursday, Google announced a new partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey to add detailed earthquake information to its search results, so if you're ever wondering if those tremors are actually the earth shifting (and not just the subway rolling by), the search engine giant will let you know. This, Google says, will allow people to "get timely information to help them stay safe."

If an earthquake does indeed strike in your vicinity, you can search for “earthquake,” “earthquakes near me,” or something similar and you'll be greeted with an "at-a-glance summary about the quake, right at the top of the search page." You'll be instantly made aware of the size of the quake, the areas affected, and be given tips on how to safely navigate the affected regions in the aftermath of the tremors. Moreover, the accompanying shakemap "will show areas that shook with various intensities, so you’ll be able to quickly assess the reach of the earthquake, as well as its epicenter," Google says.

Read more
Google’s $300M undersea Internet cable between US and Japan is now live
google zero waste data center s

Back in 2014, Google teamed up with five telecom and communications firms to install an undersea cable network between the United States and Japan to help deal with increasing Internet traffic between North America and Asia.

And now, that cable is live.

Read more