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Japan Earthquake Photos: 80,000 Missing In Nameless Apocalypse

HOW do you report on the earthquake in Japan? Unlike volcanoes and hurricanes earthquakes don’t get names. They are just a number. This one is said to have hit 8.9 on the Richter scale. And then there is the next grim number – the one that says how many people died.

The newspapers agree that 1000 people are feared dead.

The BBC reports:

Japanese police told Kyodo news agency 433 people are confirmed to have died and 784 more are missing.

Or as the Mirror puts it:

Hundreds dead and up to 80,000 missing in Japan tsunami

It’s a big number. And, as yet, we have no single face to cling to that makes sense of it.

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Posted: 12th, March 2011 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comment