Before and after earthquake photos


The Atlantic’s InFocus feature does it again with an awesome series of before/after shots of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, separated by 2 years. If you click each image, it fades to the current state.

As someone who works on the seismic resilience of structures, I always find these sorts of things fascinating and motivating. I appreciate and try to internalize every reminder of the gravity of our charge as engineers.

Also, for my engineering professor friends out there, maybe you should show the photo above sometime when you’re teaching about load and resistance factor design and say: “You never know when a yacht might land on top of the building you are designing.”