The interactive graphics below let you visualize the power Mother Nature exerted last year, turning man-made behemoths into mangled bricolage in just minutes. You'll be able to see how the Sendai port, a soccer field in Minamisanriku and Onahama in Iwaka looked pre- and post-disaster. If you look closely at the soccer field, you can see how the familiar, painted circles and rectangles transformed into a giant "SOS." These images fit in line with the costliest natural disaster on record
You can also check out more interactive before-and-after photos here.
Industrial area near Sendai port, 2009 © 2011 Google
Industrial area near Sendai port, March 13 2011 © 2011 Google, GeoEye
Soccer field in Minamisanriku in 2002. © 2011 Google, DigitalGlobe
SOS on soccer field in Minamisanriku. © 2011 Google, GeoEye
Onahama in Iwaki in 2005 © 2011 Google, DigitalGlobe
Onahama in Iwaki after tsunami © 2011 Google, DigitalGlobe