The figures are overwhelming, almost incomprehensible, as figures associated with catastrophes so often are. Some 18,500 to 20,000 people dead. Most killed by the tsunami that battered the shores of north-eastern Japan after the earthquake of March 11, 2011. A magnitude-9 earthquake, followed by monster waves so strong they were able to dislodge massive oil tanks as easily as if they were driftwood. Waves that flooded the Fukushima nuclear power plant, damaging the cooling system, triggering explosions and radioactive leaks. A level-7 nuclear accident. The ongoing threat of contamination. It is difficult to imagine the fear, the grief, the emotional scars. For full story click here.