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Awaji Island and Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, Japan

34.6N 135.1E

December 20th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Japan - December 19th, 2010

This orthorectified image shows Awaji Island (top in thumbnail image), in the eastern part of the Seto Inland Sea between the islands of Honshū (right and above in full image) and Shikoku (left), Japan. The island has an area of 592.17 km².

The island is separated from Honshū by the Akashi Strait and from Shikoku by the Naruto Strait. In the full image, the Akashi-Kaikyō Bridge, also known as the Pearl Bridge, can be seen linking the city of Kobe on the mainland of Honshū to Iwaya on Awaji Island by crossing the busy Akashi Strait. The bridge has the longest central span of any suspension bridge, at 1,991 metres (6,532 ft).

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