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Japan quake and tsunami damage seen from above

Sometimes seeing pictures that are up-close and personal is the only way to understand a news event. In fact, that approach is used by journalists every day. It puts a face on an event, and that helps us care. Caring leads to the desire to understand.

However, sometimes an event is so big that seeing it from way up high is the only way to comprehend how big it is.

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Fallen plastic crate boxes are seen outside a factory compound in an area damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, Japan, April 1, 2011.

Toru Hanai / Reuters

Cars travel on an intersection near Sendai, Japan on April 1, 2011.

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A cargo container that was damaged and left on the beach by the earthquake and tsunami is seen on a coastline near Sendai, Japan, April 1, 2011.

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