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Cartoons about Earthquake in Japan

An 8.9 magnitude earthquake rocked Japan overnight, creating a 23-foot tsunami that swept through coastal areas in Northern Japan, killing hundreds of people. Whenever a natural disaster or tragic event occurs, cartoonists are there to weigh in and present a unique perspective, often saying more with one powerful image than all the words on a page combined (that’s my cartoon below).

View the cartoons that have come in so far about the disaster in Japan’s Enormous Earthquake cartoon slideshow. We’ll update it as more come in.

Japan earthquake tsunami cartoon
Daryl Cagle / msnbc.com (click to view cartoon slideshow)

By Daryl Cagle

Daryl Cagle is the founder and owner of Cagle Cartoons, Inc. He is one of the most widely published editorial cartoonists and is also the editor of The Cagle Post.

1,083 replies on “Cartoons about Earthquake in Japan”

Interesting how many cartoonists used Hokusai’s “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” on this, yet how different the results.
Frederick Deligne seems kind of lame in comparison with Martin Sutovec’s simplicity. Hassan Bleibel Al-Mustakbal added a political statement, but it’s not clear if popular uprisings can equate with a natural disaster. By the time I got to Kap’s version, it was getting overly familiar.
Pavel Constantin was an interesting variation.
Technically, I’m always impressed by John Sherffius.

I hate this kind of stuff, Daryl: I hate it when people die in natural disasters….

…but I am glad that you cartoonists offer some kind of salve to help soothe the collective psyche of society.

I’ve seen some *VERY* moving cartoons over the years by some of the greats here at your site. I can’t say that I’m ‘looking forward to seeing them’ due to all the death and destruction…but I am glad I can come here and see some human warmth and compassion expressed here at your site.

Nothing about this disaster requires a cartoon. What do you call people who make money from others misfortunes. I believe it is a

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