Color-enhanced satellite image of flooding along Japan's Kitakami River three days after the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011. For a comparison of the same area under normal conditions, see image BS0540. Water (blue) has spilled over the banks both north and south of the river. Although agricultural fields (red) appear to have escaped the flooding farther inland (image left), some fields closer to the ocean have seemingly disappeared into the sea. North of the Kitakami, floodwaters extend far enough inland to create what looks like a parallel river. Near the coast, only the rugged peaks rising above the floodplains have escaped inundation. Floating debris from the tsunami has accumulated in several coves (particularly image lower right).
March 7th, 2013
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