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A moment in time from the Boston Marathon: This infographic in the New York Times will totally give you the chills

Posted Apr 22 2013 3:57pm
This photo, in the NY Times, shows the initial flash of the first explosion. The Times found as many people as they could in the picture and told their stories. One of the people in this photo is Austin resident Katie Carmona.

This photo, in the NY Times, shows the initial flash of the first explosion. The Times found as many people as they could in the picture and told their stories. One of the people in this photo is Austin resident Katie Carmona.

As we get further and further from the terrible tragedy at the Boston Marathon, we are hearing more and more stories from the survivors and witnesses to the explosion that eventually took four lives.

The New York Times has the most creative use of a photo to tell the story of the Boston Marathon bombing that I’ve seen. One of its subjects is an Austin attorney.

At the moment of the first explosion, an imagae taken from the NBC broadcast of the race showed the initial flash of fire as well as the runners and spectators near the finish line. The Times took that photo, in which the race clock said 4:09:43, then found some of the people in that photo and had them tell their stories.

One of the stories was told by Katie Carmona of Austin, who was standing as a spectator just yards away from the explosion with her friend Amy, both of whom were lucky to not have been harmed. I’ve put a circle in this photo to depict the area where Carmona was standing.

Carmona picture courtesy of NY Times.

Carmona photo courtesy of NY Times.

“In front of us, there was a flash of glass and smoke that came across where we were walking on the sidewalk,” Carmona told the Times.

Later in the telling of her story, which lasts just under 2 minutes, Carmona lets the Times have a recording of the phone message she left with her husband minutes after the blast. You can hear the anxiety in Carmona’s voice.

I knew dozens of other Austin-area runners who ran Boston and am glad they all came back safe.

You can read more about Carmona’s story as well as see the cool infographic with your own eyes here at the New York Times .

Go over to Poynter to read all about how The New York Times found all the people in the photo.

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