The entire world has watched as Japan has suffered tragedy after disaster – the 8.9 magnitude earthquake, the strongest to hit Japan and one of the strongest on record, followed by the tsunami, aftershocks, and now nuclear meltdowns and radiation leaks… all this as millions of people are left without electricity, hundreds of thousands are homeless, and unknown thousands are missing, injured or deceased. As usual, The Big Picture has come through with an incredible series of photos documenting the events of the past few days. The aerial shots of the tsunami sweeping through Japanese cities, with what looks like small debris floating in it but are actually cars and houses, planes and boats, are a strong reminder that no matter what humanity does on this earth, no matter how many cities we build or what advances we make in science, who lives where and when, the earth is a massive, insurmountable force in itself. Before evolution, there were volcanoes and earthquakes and floods; now that the earth is older, it’s calmed down. But we still get reminders of what nature is capable of every now and then – and this is definitely one of those reminders.
The whirlpool that formed not too far off the coast.
Also see this video, among others, of the tsunami coming in: