09 Mar '12, 11pm

Closeup of Tsunami Damage, Rikuzentakata: Acquired just three days after the Tohoku earthquake, this natural-col...

Closeup of Tsunami Damage, Rikuzentakata: Acquired just three days after the Tohoku earthquake, this natural-col...

Situated along the coast of northeastern Japan, the town of Rikuzentakata once had a seemingly peaceful seascape, including pine trees and white-sand beaches. But on March 11, 2011, a tsunami wave traveling up Hirota Bay reduced the town of 23,000 residents to rubble. This natural-color image from the WorldView-2 satellite shows Rikuzentakata three days later, on March 14. In the wake of the tsunami, several large buildings stood out from a landscape of debris. Both the town and the nearby bay appear in shades of tan; farmland south of the town hall is inundated, while sediment colors the water off the coast. The mud in Hirota Bay was scraped from the richly vegetated barrier island that once stood between the town and the sea. (Other NASA satellite images show this area in 2011 and in 2007, when the barrier island was still intact.) More than two centuries ago, settlers p...

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