The global aftershocks of Japan's disaster
The earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accidents that rocked Japan raise concerns -- and touch hearts -- around the world.
The devastating earthquake that struck Japan late last week has global implications.Skip to next paragraph
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Japan is one of the most technologically advanced nations on earth. Its government and citizens conduct frequent drills. Emergency-response forces sprang into action. And yet thousands may have died.
Food, clothing, first-aid, and electricity remain in short supply. And crippled nuclear facilities remain a concern.
The disaster eclipsed the Christchurch, New Zealand, quake of last month and the Chilean earthquake of a year ago, both of which also occurred in the geologically active "ring of fire" that encircles the Pacific Ocean. Those nations are still coping with the aftermath. Whether there's a direct connection or not, officials in earthquake-prone zones such as California will be reviewing plans for how they will cope if shifting tectonic plates affect their region. Many lessons will be drawn from the earthquake.