When a natural disaster strikes, there are no intended victims. Only victims.
The human condition — the will to survive, the fear of death, a desire to assist the needy — rises to the surface when nature unleashes its wrath.
Whether it’s unspeakable devastation and despair in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami, or — thousands of miles and mere weeks apart — a heart-wrenching path of destruction from a series of massive tornadoes, the underlying theme is life itself.
This special gallery of coupled, similar images from Japan and the U.S. is a testament to humanity — its strengths, its weaknesses and their intersection with its undeniable will to move forward.
You can use the j/k or ←/→ keys to navigate up and down this page. Use the sliders below a picture to show before/after.