Washington: Google has began the process of digitally mapping an area closest to Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, which was crippled following the disastrous earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
The Japan’s worst nuclear disaster displaced 21,000 residents of Namie, one of the twon near Fukushima.
Just miles from the Fukushima nuclear plant, roofs that collapsed from the magnitude 9.0 earthquake still litter roads.
The desolation has largely been hidden from public view, behind checkpoints set up to cordon off the government mandated nuclear exclusion zone.
But now, Google is hoping to bring the displaced residents back home, at least virtually.
The tech has dispatched its street view car to Namie for the first time, ABC News reports.
With a specialized camera mounted atop its vehicle, Google drove through the empty town, steering around collapsed homes and cracked roads to capture a 360 view of the damage.
According to the report, product manager Kei Kawai said that the entire process is expected to take several weeks.
Google plans to unveil Namie's street view map in a few months, he added.
First Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 10:57