Before And After of the Day: Google today unveiled the result of an initiative to document the aftermath of Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami through Google Maps Street View.
A special website — Build the Memory — has also been set up to host the images gathered through a 44,000 kilometer trek across the affected regions.
A virtual tour via Street View profoundly illustrates how much these natural disasters have transformed these communities. 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.
Fascinating use of Google Maps to tell a story.
There’s no great way to show this on tumblr, but click through! It’s a real-time google map of people buying books online from all over the world and it is beyond mesmerizing.
Erotica in Indiana! Henrietta Lacks in Korea! Jazz Guitar for Dummies in Portugal! Chick Lit in Belgium! McSweeney’s in Canada! It’s Easy to Play Abba in Australia! Shakespeare in Spain! Stephen Hawking in Holland! Tom Robbins in Greece! No, I really, really can’t stop…
So very cool.