Best documented disaster in history

I thought I would delay what I had planned for my next post in lieu of the major disaster that is still rocking Japan, almost a week after the first major earthquake hit the island.

What is happening in Japan is, without a doubt, one of the most incredible and heartbreaking disasters I have ever seen. The images and videos that come out of Japan seem like they have been extracted from a big-budget disaster Hollywood movie. In fact, I don’t think there has been any other major disaster that has been as well-covered and documented as this one, which perhaps contributes to the great interest people have shown in it all around the world.

There are certainly many pieces of unbelievable footage, but I think the following link uniquely captures the extent of the devastation in a very modern and interactive way:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/03/13/world/asia/satellite-photos-japan-before-and-after-tsunami.html?ref=world

Niels

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