Images of Japan captured after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami last week tell a compelling story of devastation and resilience. Below is a selection of images, courtesy of The Associated Press, Getty Images and Reuters, that dramatically illustrate events there.
The towering waves capture the raw power and fury of nature when juxtaposed against the inadequate ingenuity of human beings:
The eerily placid placement of the airplanes amidst the vehicles and debris offer a striking sense of calm after the tsunami:
The graphic pattern and vivid colors of the cargo containers represent a striking state of order in the aftermath of one of the world’s most chaotic natural disasters: