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Yuriagi in Natori

Sendai devastation

Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant

Sendai devastation

Kamaishi after the tsunami

Minamisoma inundated

Ishinomaki destruction

Sendai flooding

Obliterated houses near Tagajo

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.

Caption by / Photo by satellite images from GeoEye and Digital Globe via Google Earth; composite by Stephen Shankland/CNET
The Arahama area of Sendai, a flat area, was swamped by the tsunami. Farmland was inundated and houses demolished.
Caption by / Photo by satellite images from GeoEye and Digital Globe via Google Earth; composite by Stephen Shankland/CNET
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.
Caption by / Photo by satellite images from GeoEye and Digital Globe via Google Earth; composite by Stephen Shankland/CNET
Another scene of devastation in Sendai.
Caption by / Photo by satellite images from GeoEye and Digital Globe via Google Earth; composite by Stephen Shankland/CNET
Kamaishi was strewn with debris after the tsunami swept through.
Caption by / Photo by satellite images from GeoEye and Digital Globe via Google Earth; composite by Stephen Shankland/CNET
Low-lying agricultural land in Minamisoma, southwest of the quake's epicenter, was flooded.
Caption by / Photo by satellite images from GeoEye and Digital Globe via Google Earth; composite by Stephen Shankland/CNET
Ishinomaki's industrial area is shown here after the tsunami, with a harbor filled with debris.
Caption by / Photo by satellite images from GeoEye and Digital Globe via Google Earth; composite by Stephen Shankland/CNET
Another before-and-after look at Sendai province, perhaps the hardest-hit area in Japan.
Caption by / Photo by satellite images from GeoEye and Digital Globe via Google Earth; composite by Stephen Shankland/CNET
These houses south of Tagajo were obliterated by the tsunami.
Caption by / Photo by satellite images from GeoEye and Digital Globe via Google Earth; composite by Stephen Shankland/CNET
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