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Disasters in Japan have global affects Family and friends of Smoky Hill student experience repurcussions of tsunami Thursday, March 10, at 10:46:23 PM, Mountain Standard Time, an earthquake registering 9.0 on the Richter scale rocked the Earth just offshore of Japan. A behemoth tsunami, product of the tremor, struck Japan, the waves traveling miles inland. Here at Smoky Hill, senior Blu Mays has been affected by the disaster, Japan being her homeland. Mays was born in Kawasaki, a city near Tokyo. Kawasaki was not directly hit by the tsunami, however, damaged power plants have crippled the electrical grid in some areas. “My grandmother lives there now, so do my aunt, my uncle and my cousins,” Mays said. “They weren’t directly hit by the tsunami, but they have had no power, heat, or water for a couple of days.” Even today, almost five weeks later, they are still without these basic amenities. Japan’s Cabinet Office has announced that wreckage of homes, businesses, and infrastructure may cost anywhere from ¥16-25 trillion, or $85-$309 billion, making this the most expensive disaster in Japan since the conclusion of World War II. Those numbers exclude the cost

of cleanup and containment of the radiation caused by impaired nuclear reactors in Fukushima from the Tokyo Electric Power Company. “[This has] taught me to value life more, and to just be grateful for what you have,” Mays said. “People have lost a lot, family members, belongings that mean so much to them.” A force of about 7,000 members of the U.S. military aid 18,000 Japanese soldiers, local police, and fire departments in efforts to locate the 15,540 people missing in Japan. The official death toll is now greater than 18,000. Miyagi was the single most devastated area of Japan: 7,192 of its residents are declared dead. In the wake of the disaster, Mays has a message to send to the Smoky Hill community: “Even if you don‘t have any money, you should find the time to volunteer, help out. It‘s best to volunteer for different things because you never know what will happen to people. Everyone should volunteer, no matter the cause.” tyler bush

Face in the Crowd What is Japan’s greatest resource in the face of disaster? The community helping each other out. TAYLOR RUBY, 9

The help and support of other nations. TEMISHA SHELLS, 10 I think it would be how organized they are, and how quickly they reacted to what happened. CORDERO BLANC, 11

Their pride, their inner self confidence, and the need they felt to help each other out. DEVIN BROWN, 12

Their people are their greatest resource. The Japanese have always been resilient; they’ve come back from disasters like the bombings [of WWII]. JANICE ZUK SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER

Smoky Hill Express Issue 5 - 2011  

Smoky Hill High school Newspaper, Issue 5, 2011.

Smoky Hill Express Issue 5 - 2011  

Smoky Hill High school Newspaper, Issue 5, 2011.

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