Disasters like this frequently bring follow-up stories that hint that there is an economic upside to the catastrophe - that the new building and new investment is going to somehow be "better". While I've not heard this yet. (I suspect the event is still too close.) I have no doubt that someone, somewhere will mention it. This, of course, is the broken window fallacy.
Unfortunately, some people will forget that the assets used to rebuild may have had other uses. And many of the assets that were destroyed (both human and capital) are irreplaceable. To help us remember that, here are a number of links to videos, slideshows and news stories to help us remember.
Courtesy of CNBC.
Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal - Warning, some photos are disturbing.
Courtesy of the BBC - Warning, some photos are disturbing.