Running random thoughts on long-term impact of quake & tsunami – Sendai Region

I’ve been watching the quake news since it hit. Now contemplating some of the post-crisis phase impacts that the media aren’t talking about yet.

This Reuters live update site seems to have some of the best fact-based coverage so far: http://live.reuters.com/Event/Japan_earthquake2

And twitter is breaking news faster than any of the media – usually 15-20 minute lead time under the hashtags:

 #eqjp #japan #quake #prayforJapan or #tsunami

This will have huge impact on so many levels, aside from the horrible loss of life.

Tough, tough road ahead for the survivors.

All that farmland lost, and they really don’t have that much agricultural land per capita. Plus the loss of the equipment, the animals, seed grains, fields littered with debris. The fishing industry is also kiboshed for a while. And, it is winter there, so will take much longer for the earth to dry out, before any land reclamation projects can even begin. Loss of their own food production abilities is devastating.

And of course, we’re already seeing the impact on the economy at a high level with stocks dropping and stock futures, too. Bit-by-bit there will be increases added to exports like the price of electronics, imported food like sushi ingredients & foodie fancy Waygu beef, much of which comes from the Sendai region, which was particularly hard hit by the tsunami.It is also a coal-mining area and produces most of Japan’s apples.

Did you know one of the top 10 Japanese exports to US in 2010 was penicillin? I didn’t until I just looked it up. That makes me question what their own penicillin stores are like? They’ll be in need many antibiotics in the coming weeks & months until an abundance of fresh water is available.

Have to start thinking about relief efforts for the next 6 months, once the rescue phase is complete. What other challenges and effects should be monitored?

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2 thoughts on “Running random thoughts on long-term impact of quake & tsunami – Sendai Region

  1. What strikes me the most right now in terms of the cleanup is the magnitude of weight of things that will have to be relocated — massive numbers of shipping container cars thrown miles away, off roads — not to mention that the infrastructure of the roads might be questionable.

    Just getting to the containers perhaps to relieve them of their contents has no comparable realm of logistics. Say you get there by foot, how to move the materials?

    None of this focus to diminish the upheaval to human life right now.

    The scarier part is that colleague Dibyendu De is attributing the event to an alignment of the moon, which will apparently increase intensity by 3/18.

    “And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.” Luke 21:11

  2. But the continuing world-wide implications are staggering. I’m following the map:
    http://www.reuters.com/article/interactive/idUSTRE72A0SS20110311?view=large&type=worldNews

    Which led me to realized that the US coast would have been hit just over 30 minutes ago, where I read reports of same here: http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_17592005?source=rss&nclick_check=1

    As well as traffic implications in the Bay area:
    “7:16 a.m.: Bay Area evacuations
    San Mateo County is evacuating all beaches and low-lying coastal areas in response to an approaching tsunami, officials said.
    Santa Cruz authorities have closed off access to the Santa Cruz Beach Flats area including the Boardwalk and Municipal Wharf. Those roads include: Beach Street at Municipal Wharf, Riverside Avenue at Third Street, Laurel Street Extension at Third Street and Pacific Avenue at Center Street.
    Residents who live in the area were warned with automated telephone calls and were being “strongly advised” to evacuate and reach higher elevations until the potential for damage from waves passes.
    Highway 17 out of Santa Cruz is backed up with traffic as people evacuate the area.”

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