James Nachtwey in Japan

News March 18, 2011 8:51 am

James Nachtwey was at home in Thailand when the earthquake struck Japan. Within 48 hours he was there, documenting the aftermath. The Time site has a slideshow of some of his photos, along with this quote of what he witnessed in Japan:

“The scale of this is beyond belief. Any one town would be a major disaster if it had been just one town that it happened to. It would be unbelievable. This happened to every town, from south of Sendai all the way to the northern end of Honshu. The entire coastline, town after town after town. It’s just apocalyptic. And it all happened between , what? How long did the actual wave [of the tsunami] take to come in and go out? Half an hour? It was just a very brief span of time. The ocean just destroyed , obliterated , a huge coastal area of Japan. Heavily populated. Every town is just wiped out. Flattened.”

See more, here.

James Nachtwey/from the Time website

James Nachtwey/from the Time website

James Nachtwey/from the Time website

James Nachtwey/from the Time website

James Nachtwey/from the Time website

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