Google Street View: There is no denying the fact that the Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Street View service can show people the world, all from the comfort of their home. With that being said, many people don’t expect to see disaster zones. However, this is exactly what the search engine giant is showing people from the streets of Namie, Japan.
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As you may recall, Namie was evacuated in March of 2011 due to the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Since that time, there has not been much activity in the area. And before Google Street View, you could only imagine what the town had become.
According to a report by Businessweek, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has released street view images of Namie. Here is what the article had to say:
“Google, operator of the world’s biggest Web search engine, entered Namie this month at the invitation of the town’s mayor, Tamotsu Baba, and produced the 360-degree imagery for the Google Maps and Google Earth services, it said in an e-mailed statement.”
At the time of the disaster, there were more than 20,000 people living in Namie. Unfortunately, these people were forced from their homes following the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant.
Tamotsu Baba, the town’s mayor, was quoted as saying the following:
“Many of the displaced townspeople have asked to see the current state of their city, and there are surely many people around the world who want a better sense of how the nuclear incident affected surrounding communities. It has become our generation’s duty to make sure future generations understand the city’s history and culture.”
As you can see, it is not only curious minds that want to see the streets of Namie. Many of those who previously lived in the town are interested in seeing its current state.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), with the blessing of the town’s mayor, has made Street View available in this town. Have you taken a look at the images?
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