Panorama of quake damage in Rikuzen-Takada, Iwate, Japan

The 360Cities panorama site has a hair-raising pano of the earthquake damage to Rikuzen-Takada in Japan's Iwate Prefecture -- a whole town reduced to flinders and rubble.

Damage in Rikuzen-Takada, Iwate Pref. (12)


  1. Where do you start? Just start plowing it into a big pile then burn it? Only thing comparable is Hiroshima or Tokyo after the firebombings but even those didn’t have the masses of debris left over. Even Cologne and Dresden had brick structures still standing.

  2. Unbelievable.

    Is this actually damage strictly from the earthquake itself, or tsunami damage?

    1. It looks like Tsunami damage. It looks like debris has been washed around, and not just like a bunch of buildings have collapsed. And the earth looks scoured, right up to the base of the hills.

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