This map depicts the relatively tiny distances between the epicenter of the monstrous quake, the twin Fukushima nuclear plants and the city of Tokyo.
This is the northern (Daiichi) plant of the two in a satellite photo dated 2004.
This is the same plant moments after yesterday's explosion that blew the Unit 3 reactor building apart.
The human toll of the catastrophe is only partially represented here.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Japanese people. If you have a few pfennigs to spare, the Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund can use a hand.
Satellite Imagery: Digital Globe via Zero Hedge.
Maps: London Daily Mail.