We relate to pictures, especially trauma, in term of analogy. (It helps us feel it and also wrap our head around it.)
This is Japan this morning following their massive earthquake, but — like the scenes burned in our memories from those lower Manhattan apartment windows — it also shouts of 9/11.
And one more analogy that hits the shores of Americas here.
(photo: Xinhua via Getty Images caption: Two men look at smoke rising over the Tokyo skyline after the earthquake struck. via: MSNBC slideshow.)