These images taken with NASA satellites show the effects of the March 11, 2011 tsunami on the coastline of the island nation of Japan.
The image on the left was taken on Sept. 5, 2010. The image on the right was taken on March 12, 2011, one day after the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami struck Japan.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.