Google to take interior images of tsunami-hit buildings

Last month Google began to take interior photos of buildings in the Tohoku region that are scheduled to be demolished after suffering damage in last year’s disaster.

Google started in Kamaishi in Iwate Prefecture on November 13. They will take 360-degree photos of 32 places across Iwate and Fukushima Prefectures and publish them on Google Maps from December.

Last year Google updated its Streetview images of the tsunami-ravaged coastline. As a large majority of buildings in the disaster-hit areas were quickly demolished, the photos taken this month will serve as a reminder of some of the buildings before they are torn down.

In Kamaishi, Google will record images from 8 places, including the Toni Elementary School. They will also visit 12 places in Ofunato, 8 places in Rikuzentakata, and 4 places in Namie. They are also prepared to visit other places if local governments request it.

Toni Elementary School, Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture

Source: The Asahi Shimbun, November 15, 2012.