To understand the natural phenomena that resulted in the 8.9 Earthquake in the Pacific Ocean North East of Japan and the resulting tsunami disaster and other disasters the New York Times infographic is a good starting place New York Times explain Tectonic shift resulting in massive earthquake and tsumani affecting NE Japan
See photographs of the devastation national geographic japan 2011 earthquake tsunami nuclear disaster
How have individuals, groups, NGOs and governments responded to the humanitarian crisis resulting from this tsunami?
Japan is an industrial nation, that relies on power generated by nuclear reactors. The Fukishima nuclear reactors experienced a meltdown. Efforts to cool the reactors and to contain radioactive contamination is of major concern to the Japanese people and the international community. What has been the response to this disaster?
What implications does the threat of nuclear disaster have for nations looking for alternatives to coal furnaces to generate power?
How did the Australian media respond to this disaster?