The Quake: Rikuzentakata, Before and After, from NASA

Today’s image from NASA Earth Observatory is of …

the city of Rikuzentakata. At the end of a narrow inlet, the city of roughly 8,000 households lost 75 percent of its homes. On March 14, 2011, The Mainichi Daily News declared: “Rikuzentakata has been erased.” …

In the wake of the tsunami, the coastline of Rikuzentakata has been totally reshaped. A long barrier beach with well-vegetated land, visible in 2007, is almost completely gone from the waterfront in 2011. North of that, flood water sits on agricultural fields.

Tsunami Damage, Rikuzentakata : Image of the Day


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