First things first.
My sincere sympathy & condolences to the people in Tōhoku Japan affected by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear catastrophe. I hope things will take a turn for the better soon. My thoughts are with you and I wish this would never have happened.
In fact everything should be about the people affected by the catastrophe, either actual physical aid or else, since this is often not realistically possible, expressions of sympathy/solidarity. Even politicians all around the world expressed their sympathy with the people from Tōhoku, which I’ve taken to be declarations of true solidarity.
The disaster happened almost a week ago on March 11th 2011, 14:46 JST. First was the 9.0-magnitude megathrust earthquake 130 kilometers out to sea and only a few minutes later the devastating tsunami. As early as the next day, due to the ubiquity of audiovisual cameras, footage was available documenting the advance of the gigantic, obliterating wave across the coastal area: killing people, destroying families, destroying homes, killing animals, reducing the entire elaborate infrastructure to useless jumbled disorder. As with perma-traumatic footage of other global disasters the recordings look crisply suprareal [not surreal], that is, they can not be processed in terms of earlier experiences, everything was and is horrible and new. Everything is only death and destruction.