Others CPF and TRP in particular) have blogged powerfully about the devastation left in the wake of the 9.0 earthquake.
I'm staggered by the scale of the loss of life. 30, 000 is about the size of a state university. 50, 000 is (I think) the enrollment of OSU, one of the largest in the country. The last I'd heard, the tally stood at something like 67, 000 dead, which is larger than the population of some state capitals.
This string of analogies isn't perfect - the devastation is spread across several countries - but still over-whelming.
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