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The crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear Power Plant continues. After hearing much talk about the various reactors, the evacuation zones and so on, I got curious as to what, exactly the scale of the event really was. That curiosity, plus a couple hours of work in Depiction, turned into a pretty extensive depiction of the region surrounding the power plant.
The depiction includes data and imagery from:
- The New York Times report on the model used by the US government to determine suggested their evacuation zone.
- The Wikipedia article on the power plant
- The Japan Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (via Wikimedia Commons)
- The US Army Map Service, via the University of Texas
- The USGS Shakemap Archive
- NGA shapefiles of flooding & damage
- And, of course, OpenStreetMap
I hope this will be valuable to anyone who is trying to get a sense of the situation in Japan–it also happens to very nicely demonstrate Depiction’s powerful capabilities in combining multiple diverse types of data, which is nice, too.
If you have any questions–or suggestions–please post them in the comments!
UPDATE: I’ve uploaded a new version of the depiction–yesterday the US Department of Energy released a map that outlined the results of aerial radiation monitoring in the Fukushima area. I’ve included that map, as well as shapes extrapolated from that information. I’ll put up a post later about how I did that.
Additionally, I added a new batch of earthquakes from the USGS feed. It appears that the links included in the epicenters of quakes older than 7 days no longer work. That is, unfortunately, due to the way that the USGS outputs their data and archives older quakes. You can still find them, if you’re really curious, here–but only for the next couple weeks.
I recently returned from a trip to Japan and was uploading my photos to Picasa Web Albums. I had organized my photos by each day of the trip and thought it would be nice to show where we traveled that day. Deciding which mapping tool I should use was easy because I knew exactly what I had to do to accomplish what I wanted with Depiction. So I started a new depiction and chose Japan for my location. OpenStreetMap didn’t have the detail I wanted so I went to Google maps and took screen shots of the areas of interest and then brought them into Depiction and geo-aligned them. Then I created user drawn routes for each leg of the trip and then took screen shots of each and now I had my title slides for each of my days photos.