The tragic earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan last week caused major damage to the nation’s infrastructure and has incited a potential nuclear catastrophe at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant. For those of us who are unfamiliar with the science behind nuclear technology or natural disasters, several news organizations have created infographics that can help provide a better understanding of the complicated events in Japan. Here are the best interactive and informative graphics we’ve come across so far.
1. The New York Times
The New York Times has coupled a number of their stories with interactive graphics that integrate illustration with Google Earth satellite images. The site has published several helpful images, including an earthquake damage map and an explainer graphic on the accident at the nuclear plant.