For far too many Americans, if it doesn’t happen here in the United States, it doesn’t happen.
I’ve never seen a video like the one above. It was taken the moment the tsunami swamped Kesennuma, and has been broadcast on Japanese television. For a second, put down your mug; turn off your iPad; step away from the freezer. Just imagine being there. Watching the cars float away. Then the trucks. Then the buildings. Everything you worked for—gone.