Japanese Earthquake Aftermath Essay

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Introduction
Words simply cannot appropriately depict the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan on March 11, 2011. Japan is a developed country with the third largest economy in the world, behind the United States and China. The northeast border of Japan encountered an overwhelming natural disaster in the form of an earthquake that also created a massive tsunami and many strong aftershocks, which has affected Japan domestically and internationally. The aftershocks continually delayed recovery and have increased difficulty for search and rescue teams combing the disaster area for the deceased and wounded. This paper intends to give a detailed description of the earthquake, In order to fully recover from this
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“The tsunami wave speed in deep water, open ocean, is about the same as a commercial jet’s ground speed,” said Ken Hudnut, a USGS geologist in Pasadena, California (USGS). According to the Washington Post, the Miyagi region of Japan alone is facing a death toll of more than 10,000 people (Harlan).

Japan’s Domestic Problems
There are several domestic problems that the Japanese economy will encounter including: food supplies, loss of shelter, providing health care to the sick and wounded, lack of energy and containment of radiation from nuclear power, and infrastructure repair and construction. Fear and uncertainty consequently influenced the Japanese stock market, reducing the average share of Nikkei 225 by approximately 10 percent to an 8605 index on March 15, 2011. Yet, in a little over a month, the Nikkei 225 has increased to and index of 9558.69 by April 26, 2011 (Hawkes).
Radiation has contaminated several of the food supplies of Japan, luckily, “radioactive iodine has a short half-life of about eight days and decays naturally within a matter of weeks,” as reported by the International Atomic Energy Agency. However, the IAEA also states that consuming radioactive food could result in radioactive iodine being absorbed into the human body (Bardsley). There were a tremendous number of homes that were turned to rubble after the 9.0…

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