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Aftershock: A Report From Japan

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On March 11, Japan was struck by a magnitude-9 earthquake, the most powerful quake to hit the country in recorded history. The tsunami unleashed by the quake (forming 60-foot walls of water) ravaged as much as six miles inland across rice fields, swallowing entire villages, toppling buildings and tossing cars and boats as though they were toys. Watching the coverage one could barely imagine how this island nation can recover—given 28,000 dead or missing, more than 100 billion dollars of devastating damage, and what’s rated the biggest nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Join Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Rich Read and photographer Motoya Nakamura of The Oregonian, recently returned from covering the aftermath, for a riveting first-person report from the field. In trying to communicate the extent of this tragedy, Read recently noted, “there are places where you stand in former cities and see nothing but wreckage in all directions. Japan is such an orderly place—in fact I wonder whether that cultural reflex has developed over centuries in response to calamities like these—so it’s somehow all the more disturbing to see the chaos.” This is a rare and timely opportunity to experience the stories and images of this terrible tragedy direct from the front lines.

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