events just don't cooperate with the map-maker. Normally, maps are oriented
so North is up, East is right. English
reads left to right and top to bottom, so when a sequence of events
starts in the South and/or East and works North and/or West one can
end up with the sequence's text reading backwards on the map or graphic.
So a different point of view can come in handy, as in this 1999 graphic
produced for 10th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake.