28 March 2011
Natural disasters are emotive subjects. Since the massive earthquake shook Japan on 11 March, the frightening scenes of devastation in the news have led to outpourings of sympathy at the tragic loss of life and admiration for the emergency workers who are offering practical support in the face of such adversity. Searching for a better understanding of the forces behind the catastrophe, as well as their repercussions, I, like many, have been hooked on the internet, reading a combination of formal and informal reports. And, from the other side of the media machine, a number of Imperial academics are offering the public insight into everything from the structure of buildings in Tokyo to the human impact of radiation on the Japanese population. During a time of intense uncertainty the opinions of experts here are playing a valuable role in helping to provide clarity about a situation on the other side of the world. Our thoughts are with all those who have family and friends in Japan.
— Emily Ross, Editor