Shaken And A Little Wet Essay

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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 earthquake was not what claimed the lives or destroyed the country side, it was tsunami. The earthquake caused the tsunami which caused the devastation and the nuclear problems which has caused a worldwide frenzy. Due to the West Coast of the United States’ close proximity to Japan, Americans joined in the pandemonium.
As Americans woke up that morning hearing of the news, some were in fear. Due to the high magnitude of the earthquake, a possibly dangerous wave was headed towards Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States. Tsunami warnings were in effect from central California to Alaska (Jesse). While some areas were told to evacuate, others were given warnings to say out of and away from the water. In the end, the West Coast of the United States faced no where near the amount of devastation as Japan did. The California Emergency Management Agency estimated there was about $44 million in damage to the California coast caused by the surge from the earthquake in Japan; Most of the damage was to Santa Cruz and Crescent City, where one man died after being swept out of sea and the harbor was destroyed, paralyzing their fishing industry (Sewel). The majority of the damage done was to harbors and boats, not causing much...

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