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Street View of Fukushima Makes Me Want to Cry

Street View of Fukushima Makes Me Want to Cry | BASIC VOWELS |
Just look at the destruction. Seaside towns transformed into inland mountains of rubble. Google's traveled some 44,000 kilometers through tsunami-ravaged Japanese countryside to digitally archive the immense damage. Be sure to have a hanky at the ready when exploring.


The search giant has delivered on a promise it made in July to obtain updated photos of the afflicted region. The shots are now available on Google Maps as well as a special site "Build the Memory," where users can compare before-and-after shots of the devastation. The updated pictures also include a new and much requested Google Maps feature—timestamps listing the month and year the photo was taken.

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Refugees flight and expulsion in the world [interactive map]

Refugees flight and expulsion in the world [interactive map] | BASIC VOWELS |

Every year, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) issues a report concerning the number of approximately 21 million people worldwide falling under its mandate: as refugees who are forced to leave their countries due to war, political, racial or religious persecution, as internally displaced persons, or as repatriates on their way back home. This interactive visualization attempts to give an insight into the phenomenom of global flight and expulsion. It is based on the annual statistical reports of the UNHCR between 1988 and 2008.

Via Karen Bastien
geojcarlos's comment, December 8, 2011 7:01 AM
Todos os anos a Agência das Nações Unidas para Refugiados elabora um relatório com o total de pessoas expulsas dos seus países, pelas mais diversas razões: perseguições políticas, religiosas, etnicas e raciais. Este ano o relatório indica um total de 21 milhões de refugiados no Mundo!