Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Striking Photographs from Japan, Six Months After the Disaster
The Atlantic has some great photos of Japan, from shortly after the double whammy of a tsunami & earthquake, and six months later. Did you know that this past Sunday was not only the 10 year anniversary of 9/11, but also the six month anniversary of what happened in Japan? Neither did I. But the Japanese probably did not oversee that day. I am no expert, but I was impressed by how much the Japanese were able to accomplish, judging on the before/after photos. While it's still obvious that a major calamity occurred, this was met with major cleanup efforts, and a lot of the mess and the debris in the "before" photos is not present in the "after" photos. I wonder how these same locales in the pictures will look, say, 10 years from now. It will be interesting to contrast a "10 years after" compilation of photos from northeastern Japan with photos from the WTC site (which still has not been replaced) or photos from post-Katrina New Orleans.