Google Maps on the one year anniversary of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami last March 11th, updated its satellite and aerial imagery of the area to show the effects of the disaster as well as the pace of rebuilding. The new imagery shows that the road to full recovery is still long.
There are, however, signs of progress -- from large trucks on the streets to newly repaired bridges and bustling ports.
"To access the satellite imagery in Google Maps, search for the locations to bring up the areas in the Maps viewport, and then click on the "Satellite" icon in the upper right corner," explains Google.
The updated imagery is also available in Google Earth.
Bridge of Minami Sanriku Town, Miyagi:
For those who live in the area or anyone interested in following the recovery efforts, we encourage you to sign up for the Follow Your World tool to automatically receive notifications whenever we refresh imagery of the Tohoku area.