Aug. 1 - Visitors to a Tokyo museum can now see the March 11 tsunami that devastated northern Japan as though they were watching it from outer space. Tara Cleary reports.
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A giant globe shows Japan's March 11th tsunami spread across the Pacific Ocean.
Visitors to Tokyo's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation get a unique view of the disaster and its impact on Japan and other parts of the world.
SOUNDBITE: MUSEUM VISITOR, REIKO YAMAMOTO SAYING:
"I was surprised looking at the tsunami spreading out to not only Japan but also other countries; which makes me realize the mightiness of Mother Nature."
Using organic light-emitting diodes or OLED's "Geo-Cosmos" provides a panoramic view of earth similar to what an astronaut would have from space.
Science Communicator at the museum, Yasushi Ikebe says he hopes the exhibition; called "Tsunagari" or "Connecting Each Other" will make people realize how fragile our planet is.
SOUNDBITE: SCIENCE COMMUNICATOR AT NATURAL MUSEUM OF EMERGING SCIENCE AND INNOVATION, YASUSHI IKEBE, SAYING:
"By looking at the tsunami occurring in Northern Japan, crossing the Pacific Ocean to reach North and South America, I hope people realize that we live on a planet where countries and regions are closely linked to each other."
Visitors can also explore a time-lapse graphic that illustrates the effects of global warming.
SOUNDBITE: MUSEUM VISITOR, MISAKI SAKUMA, SAYING:
"I feel sad because the green parts on the Earth keep diminishing; I don't want to see the earth keep losing its nature."
Yasushi collects satellite data from scientific institutions all over the world to update the presentation - he hopes there won't be any significant updates of new and devastating quake activity anytime soon.
Tara Cleary, Reuters.
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