3.11, one year on: visuals

The scale of the disaster in Japan is hard to grasp, but these visuals and infographics let us focus on details and get a panoramic look at the reality of the quake, tsunami and nuclear release.


  1. Earthquake and tsunami

  2. Animated graphic showing just how enormous the 3/11 earthquake was. The main temblor hits at 1.40.
  3. 2011年の日本の地震 分布図 Japan earthquakes 2011 Visualization map (2012-01-01)
  4. This NOAA animation shows the path of the tsunami.
  5. Japan Sendai Earthquake And Tsunami Visualization of Pacific Ocean, 11/03/2011
  6. Radiation

  7. Japan Radiation Visualization: from March 15 to June 3, 2011
  8. This xkcd.com infographic puts radiation in perspective.
  9. This interactive feature  compares radiation levels:
  10. Social media

  11. Twitter Stories: the world connects during the Tōhoku earthquake
  12. Before and after pictures

  13. Satellite photos taken on March 12 began to show the enormity of the destruction.