Date: March 11, 2011

It’s never easy to get great live shots of a storm as it happens, but CNN did a masterful job of wrangling up some live footage of the tragic tsunami that hit Japan last year. The world watched on in horror as waters ripped through towns and cities like something out of a Hollywood disaster movie. Unlike Katrina or Sandy, a lot of this destruction was caught live by news crews, as opposed to surveying the destruction the next day.

Even CNN’s own broadcasters couldn’t hide their shock at the footage of boats, cars, and highways being tossed around. As tragic as the event was, it showed just how useful live feeds can be to get the scope of a story like this to people around the world.