The most arresting visual imagery of the earthquake and tsunami off Japan is here. It's an interactive aerial photograph of various locations before and after the tsunami - from the Australian Broadcasting Company. The Atlantic's slide-show, whence the image above, by Alan Taylor is here.

Readers have asked why we haven't covered this event exhaustively. My answer is that this is a natural disaster, unlike, say, a revolution or a war, which requires little added comment. The news speaks for itself. But as it unfolds, we will keep our eyes open.

(Photo: A wave approaches Miyako City from the Heigawa estuary in Iwate Prefecture after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck the area March 11, 2011. Picture taken March 11, 2011. By Mainichi Shimbun via Reuters.)

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