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?