Japan’s Reshaped Coastline as Seen From Space

BY Larisa Epatko  March 15, 2011 at 12:08 PM EDT

NASA’s Aqua satellite took images of Japan’s northeastern coast before (left) and after (right) the March 11 tsunami. Plant-covered land is shown in bright green. After the disaster, the city of Sendai, where about 2,700 homes washed away, appears brown. An orange spot near Sendai shows the thermal signature of a fire. (View the images on NASA’s website.)

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