Shaken and a Little Wet

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As Americans were nestled in their warm, cozy beds sound asleep or getting ready to turn in for the night, the Earth was changing. Picture this. The time is 2:45 on a Friday afternoon. You have been back at your desk from your lunch break for about an hour, working through the second half of the day toward the freedom of the weekend. Your children are at school, impatiently waiting the end of the day bell to ring. One minute later, the ground beneath you begins to shake. Since you live in a place prone to earthquakes, you are use to the occasional trimmer, but nothing like this one. The earthquake registered a 9.0 on the Richter scale, one of the worst in history. As you begin to panic, wondering if your children are alright, a wall of water is hurdling toward you. Within minutes, building are flattened or washed off their foundations and you are lucky if you are still alive. Events like this are hard to fathom for the people who weren’t there and a nightmare for the people who were. As Americans awaken to the news of the disaster, they are thankful for their lives and begin to figure out how they can assist. Soon they realized how the whole world faced and will face effects from this horrible tragedy. Due to the massive earthquake, the Earth’s day was shortened by 1.8 microseconds as well as shifting the Earth’s axis about 6.5 inches (Rice). Although these changes seem large, they aren’t excepted to effect the world much. Japan is not the only place feeling the effects of the earthquake. The United States felt some of the immediate effects, treats from radiation, and effects on the economy.

The earthquake that transpired in Japan on March 11, 2011 was a great example of a cause and effect situation. As many people know, the eart...

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