Following NASA's release of images of tsunami struck Japan Google Earth has released before and after images of the earthquake and tsunami. The images show in more detail than NASA's the widespread and catastrophic damage the natural disaster has had on Japan and its citizens
NASA has dispatched its array of Earth monitoring satellites over the Japanese mainland to capture images of the devistation caused by Friday's earthquakes and resulting tsunamis. One image, which was recorded 24 hours after the 8.9 magnitude megaquake by NASA's MODIS Rapid Response Team, shows large sections of the eastern Japanese coast still inundated with tsunami flood water. A fire, surrounded by flood water, can also be seen raging in the top centre portion of the image.
NASA’s Earth Observatory has issued a map documenting the number of earthquakes, foreshocks and aftershocks that have rocked Japan this week. According to NASA the tsunami that resulted from the 8.9 magnitude quake occurred 24.4 kilometers (15.2 miles) below the seabed, 130 kilometers (80 miles) east of Sendai. The earthquake was preceded by a number of smaller foreshocks which began on March 9, including one that measured 7.2 on the Richter scale.