I can waste a lot of time on Google Earth, especially when work is plodding along. I often look up places in the news, drop down and walk around. An odd aspect of clicking along a road almost anywhere is that more often than not a place seems strangely deserted and glum.
Today I looked up Minamisanriku, which is a small coastal city on an inlet about 60 Km north of Sendai. There were only a couple of Googled roads through town, and I more or less randomly picked a crossroads.
I believe this town has been virtually destroyed.
One's heart aches.