By Cory Doctorow at 8:36 am Mon, Apr 4, 2011
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)
Is this actually damage strictly from the earthquake itself, or tsunami damage?
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.
There just are no words for this kind of devastation. My heart goes out to you, Japan.
No brick buildings.
Also, though, kudos for the use of “flinders.”
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.
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