GeoEye has been supporting the relief efforts by providing its satellite imagery of the devastation in northern Japan to relief agencies, governments and the media. On March 11, 2011, GeoEye's order management team began directing the high-resolution satellites to collect color imagery over the Oshika Peninsula. IKONOS captured the first post-earthquake image at 10:36 a.m. local time. As of March 21, GeoEye had provided 29,000 square kilometers of imagery to Google.
Emergency first responders and the geospatial community are using their imagery as a base map to produce multiple-layer relief maps to assist with damage assessment, route planning and other crucial aspects of this relief effort. Elite search-and-rescue teams that have flown to Japan from around the world to assist in this enormous relief effort are using their imagery to help locate the missing.