As many of you may have heard in the news, Japan isn't doing so hot right now. I also do realize that some of you may be a little current event challenged, so I'm going to fill you in on what is going on over there. On March 11, 2011, a devastating 9.0 earthquake hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan. It became one of the largest in recorded history and caused some of the worst destruction ever. If that wasn't enough, shortly after the earthquake struck, a 23-foot tsunami was triggered that destroyed Japan's coast, killing thousands of people and sweeping away cars, homes, buildings, and boats. So basically, anything that wasn't damaged by the earthquake- the huge tide of water swept it away. Japan = not so good. Although this may have happened about a week ago, the worst for Japan is definitely not over (I mean come on, look at those pictures!). There is a horrific amount of damage to every part of the coast. Many people are either missing, dead, or homeless. Also, on top of all of that, there is a fear that one of the nuclear power plants leaked, and there could be radiation poisoning. Oh boy, oh boy.
Although this is an extremely awful disaster for Japan, I couldn't help but feel a little selfish and think- will this hurt the United States? I know some of you may think this is a silly question, but when you really think about it, it is actually a legitimate thing to ask. Japan maybe be a world away, but it still is a very influential country. For example, many major businesses have their headquarters in Japan- if their business fails, we could fail. It is not a coincidence that when the earthquake hit and the Japan stock market crashed- our's dropped tremendously as well. Also, many of the products we use everyday come from Japan. In an average year, Japan exports $148.1 billion dollars worth of merchandise to the United States. 42% of that is automobile parts. So clearly, Japan and America are more connected than many people believe. This natural disaster may be a nightmare for Japan, but it may also cause some hurt to the United States, and other countries around the world. I think it is important to remember that were more powerful as a full human society, instead of separate nations. After all, Japan is in a lot of trouble, and could use all the help it can get.
**Something to think about: Do you think the earthquake and tsunami in Japan will affect the U.S.? These are just my observations on the subject- how do you feel about it?