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Before and after the Japanese tsunami (photos)

Here's a look at Google-supplied satellite imagery comparing sites before and after the tsunami wreaked havoc in Japan.

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1 of 9 satellite images from GeoEye and Digital Globe via Google Earth; composite by Stephen Shankland/CNET

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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2 of 9 satellite images from GeoEye and Digital Globe via Google Earth; composite by Stephen Shankland/CNET

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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3 of 9 satellite images from GeoEye and Digital Globe via Google Earth; composite by Stephen Shankland/CNET

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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4 of 9 satellite images from GeoEye and Digital Globe via Google Earth; composite by Stephen Shankland/CNET

Sendai devastation

Another scene of devastation in Sendai.
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5 of 9 satellite images from GeoEye and Digital Globe via Google Earth; composite by Stephen Shankland/CNET

Kamaishi after the tsunami

Kamaishi was strewn with debris after the tsunami swept through.
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6 of 9 satellite images from GeoEye and Digital Globe via Google Earth; composite by Stephen Shankland/CNET

Minamisoma inundated

Low-lying agricultural land in Minamisoma, southwest of the quake's epicenter, was flooded.
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7 of 9 satellite images from GeoEye and Digital Globe via Google Earth; composite by Stephen Shankland/CNET

Ishinomaki destruction

Ishinomaki's industrial area is shown here after the tsunami, with a harbor filled with debris.
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8 of 9 satellite images from GeoEye and Digital Globe via Google Earth; composite by Stephen Shankland/CNET

Sendai flooding

Another before-and-after look at Sendai province, perhaps the hardest-hit area in Japan.
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9 of 9 satellite images from GeoEye and Digital Globe via Google Earth; composite by Stephen Shankland/CNET

Obliterated houses near Tagajo

These houses south of Tagajo were obliterated by the tsunami.

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