Japan Earthquake: Before & After

Japan Earthquake: Before & After (Gr. 3-12)

From ABC News in Australia, this site shows the level of devastation that Japan has experienced after the earthquake and resulting tsunami events that took place a week ago today. Using a unique overlapping interface along with images from Google Maps, students can compare and contrast the landscape as it look prior to and after the natural disaster by dragging their cursor back and forth over the image.


  • This site, with its powerful imagery, can help facilitate a variety of classroom discussions on nature, natural disasters, the pro’s and con’s of nuclear power, population expansion and more.
  • For additional teaching ideas and resources, check out The Learning Network article from the New York Times on the Japan earthquake/tsunami event.


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