[Slightly off-topic] Natural and man-made tragedies stir our desire to help, among many other emotions. Pictures play a huge role, however, distance from the epicenter can keep you somehow detached.
Through a clever superposition of the oil spill (drawn based on actual data) over Google Maps, a programmer created ‘If It Was My Home’. A website where you can enter your location and feel for yourself the magnitude of the affected areas.
The site also features plenty of links to learn more and to provide help.
Do you act differently feeling rather than just knowing?