NYT: Satellite Photos of Japan, Before and After the Quake and Tsunami

NYT: Satellite Photos of Japan, Before and After the Quake and Tsunami
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A very interesting post from the New York Times to assess the degree of damages caused by the post Earth Quake Tsunami.

There is obviously a need to reassess the means and measures to lower Tsunami’s devastation.

In Sendai, the water reached the 4th floor of the town hospital. Should we build higher constructions near the seashore and dedicate very high and major buildings for rescue purposes.

For the last M8.9 earthquake in Japan, the epicenter was at 130 Km of the shore and the wave traveled around 700 Km/h.
It took about 11 minutes for the first Tsunami wave to reach the shores of Sendai and the quake lasted about two minutes.

The inhabitants had thus about 9 minutes, probably 10 to 15 minutes, to flee for higher locations.
With the right structures in place, many lives can be saved in 9 minutes.

On the NYT page, move the slider to compare satellite images, taken by GeoEye, from before and after the disaster.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/03/13/world/asia/satellite-photos-japan-before-and-after-tsunami.html?hp