Google Inc. has started a service that allows users to get an offshore look at the latest recovery efforts in the Tohoku region devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.
Google Street View’s “Sanriku Street View From the Sea,” released on Oct. 20, shows images taken offshore of a 400-kilometer stretch of the Sanriku coast.
The photos of Otsuchi in Iwate Prefecture, Minami-Sanriku in Miyagi Prefecture and six other areas in the two prefectures were taken between June and September in the hope of preserving the recovery process following the March 2011 disaster.
The search engine operator installed the photography equipment on fishing boats with the help of local fishermen.
Google has been continuously archiving townscapes in the tsunami-stricken region. The sea views are the newest addition to its collection. They are viewable on the Google Maps service, as well as Google Earth freeware.