Yuriagi in Natori

Google supplied new satellite imagery from GeoEye and Digital Globe shortly after Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami. This comparison shows Yuriagi in Natori before (top) and after (bottom).

In this slideshow, the "before" and "after" images have been placed on top of one another for comparison.

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Photo by: satellite images from GeoEye and Digital Globe via Google Earth; composite by Stephen Shankland/CNET / Caption by:

Sendai devastation

The Arahama area of Sendai, a flat area, was swamped by the tsunami. Farmland was inundated and houses demolished.
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Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station is experiencing major cooling problems after the tsunami wiped out primary and backup power to run the cooling systems.
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Photo by: satellite images from GeoEye and Digital Globe via Google Earth; composite by Stephen Shankland/CNET / Caption by:

Sendai devastation

Another scene of devastation in Sendai.
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Photo by: satellite images from GeoEye and Digital Globe via Google Earth; composite by Stephen Shankland/CNET / Caption by:

Kamaishi after the tsunami

Kamaishi was strewn with debris after the tsunami swept through.
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Minamisoma inundated

Low-lying agricultural land in Minamisoma, southwest of the quake's epicenter, was flooded.
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Photo by: satellite images from GeoEye and Digital Globe via Google Earth; composite by Stephen Shankland/CNET / Caption by:

Ishinomaki destruction

Ishinomaki's industrial area is shown here after the tsunami, with a harbor filled with debris.
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Photo by: satellite images from GeoEye and Digital Globe via Google Earth; composite by Stephen Shankland/CNET / Caption by:

Sendai flooding

Another before-and-after look at Sendai province, perhaps the hardest-hit area in Japan.
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Photo by: satellite images from GeoEye and Digital Globe via Google Earth; composite by Stephen Shankland/CNET / Caption by:

Obliterated houses near Tagajo

These houses south of Tagajo were obliterated by the tsunami.
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Photo by: satellite images from GeoEye and Digital Globe via Google Earth; composite by Stephen Shankland/CNET / Caption by:
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