In this electronic age in which we live, there has been no shortage of dramatic photographic and video coverage of Japan's catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. None however captures the magnitude of the tsunami (in terms of its size) than this one:
Japan faces a huge rescue, recovery and rebuilding effort, the likes of which has not been seen in our lifetime. As bad as the situation is in Japan though, let's not forget that Christchurch too faces an enormous recovery and rebuilding effort.
The world's focus is now fairly and squarely on Japan, and rightly so; the toll there is horrific in every sense of the word. But let's not forget that it's only three weeks since Mother Nature dealt Christchurch a huge blow; one that will resonate through New Zealand for years to come.