Recently in our English class, we’ve been studying about what is currently happening in Japan. At first, I thought this incident would be able to be solved easily, I was very wrong. Judging by what is going on now, Japan is in a very horrible situation and they need as much help as they can get. When I read an article called, “U.S. shows alarm over Japan nuclear crisis,” I started to think about how the problems happening in Japan can reach many other countries. Also, if it is that extreme that the problem can reach other countries, then the people in Japan must be miserable. I have family in Japan, so it is even more serious to me. After doing this study, I feel that the countries aide is much needed by Japan, and without it, Japan may not be able to get back to where it once was.
I just read a Wikipedia article, “2011 Sendai Earthquake and tsunami,” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Sunday March 13, 2011. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Sendai_Earthquake_and_Tsunami.
I felt that this article showed a lot about the damages caused by the natural disasters happening in Japan.
One sentence from this article that stands out for me is, “Over six hundred aftershocks of magnitude 4.5 or greater have occurred since the initial quake.” This must have been a very long and horrifying time for the people of Japan. How would the U.S. deal with something like this? Six hundred sounds like a ridiculous number, and it is scary to think about how we would be able to deal with a disaster like this if it ever occurred.
I’m pretty sure this is accurate, because of all the complicated reasons given in the article. It looks like people took a lot of time to figure these numbers out, and since I don’t know much about measuring earthquakes and such, I feel that I can rely on the people who can. Also, looking at the damage from videos of Japan, six hundred aftershocks doesn’t seem impossible, especially when a 9.0 magnitude earthquake was the cause of this.
In another source that I looked at, “Several Plant Workers Are Ill, but Radiation Risk in Japan Is Seen as Low for Now.” There was this one statement that made me think even more about the dangers that can reach other countries if not prevented. “The radiation release from the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, where the entire reactor blew up and vaporized its radioactive fuel, was about a million times the amount released from the partial core meltdown at Three Mile Island in 1979, he said. The Chernobyl accident led to an epidemic of thyroid cancer and increases in leukemia, he said.” I wonder how bad Japan’s radiation risk is. The Chernobyl disaster sounds really bad, but is Japan going to reach the amount of radiation let out during that time? If so, how are the people going to deal with it, would it affect them all? “But from Three Mile Island, Dr. Brenner said, “There is no evidence that anybody at all got sick, even decades later.” This was very interesting, does that mean we are overreacting? Precautionary action is good, but is it necessary? I don’t think risking it is a good idea anyway, so staying cautious is probably the best thing to do.
All of this makes me think that Japan may not be able to get back to where it originally was in the world for a very long time. From what I’ve read, not only natural disasters are a problem, but the fear of radiation and spreading is another big problem. From what I read, the radiation isn’t so much of a problem, but that is only one source. Most of the sources I’ve gone through show that radiation is very dangerous, and it is better to be safe than sorry. With the help of other countries, Japan can come through this problem, hopefully soon, although it is very unlikely. It is also important for other countries to know that, situations like this can happen unexpectedly, so preparing and discussing about how to survive this is crucial. Overall, Japan has a lot to do, and hopefully, people see this and support them.