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The resilience of the people of Japan has captivated the world for nearly a month now, and The Olympian is no different. People who have been devastated by one of the greatest natural disasters in recent time, followed by the challenge of maintaining a failing nuclear reactor, haven’t lost their civility. There haven’t been reports of looting, rioting or any other signs of collapse of a dignified society. Citizens of every country should take this lesson to heart. Disaster can strike anywhere, Haiti, Chile, New Orleans possibly even Western Washington.


That is why the third issue of The Focal Point is about the Japanese quake. Since we don’t have reporters in Japan to give first hand accounts, we are focusing on how the devastation half-a-world away is affecting members of the Olympic College Community. Akiko Bates opened up to The Olympian’s Staff Writer Keegan Stierle and shared her story of not-knowing, and seeing her childhood stomping grounds in ruins. Stierle also researched and interviewed experts about the possibility of something similar happening in Western Washington.

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enough strain has built on the fault to make a quake,â&#x20AC;? said Steele. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whether it comes soon or not, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very real issue.â&#x20AC;? Scientists are regularly locating more crustal faults under our feet, faults that are close to the surface and are characterized by fast ground movements. The most dangerous active fault is the Seattle fault, which BY KEEGAN STIERLE created an earthquake with a Olympian Staff magnitude of 7.3. The shake occurred 1,100 years ago, and The recent devastating its tremendous power lifted earthquake and tsunami in Bainbridge Island 7 meters Japan helped to make the further out of the water. world aware of the impact an According to the 8.9 magnitude temblor can 2001 Washington State have on a region, but what +D]DUG ,GHQWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQ DQG if that region were Kitsap Vulnerability Assessment, an County? earthquake of a magnitude :LOOLDP 6WHHOH 3DFLĂ&#x20AC;F of 7.0 or higher would Northwest Seismic Network cause tremendous damage director of Information and economic disruption Services, Earth and Space throughout the central Puget Sciences, has extensive Sound region. research on this subject that â&#x20AC;&#x153;The good news is these shows a quake similar to the big crustal earthquakes arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t one in Japan may not be out of frequent, but they whack the picture. hard,â&#x20AC;? said Steele. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is clear The closest comparison on that we have an earthquake our shores, was the Cascadia hazard.â&#x20AC;? earthquake which occurred Precautions are being in the 1700s. There is no clear, made by many planners written record of the event, and community workers but it is known this quake was in preparation for a large a magnitude of approximately earthquake. Vertical options 8.7. It reportedly devastated such as tall buildings that WKH 3DFLĂ&#x20AC;F 1RUWKZHVW FRDVW could ride out the quake are along with the coast of Japan, taken into consideration as which was struck by a resulting safe zones. There are also tsunami. The recurrence rate plans to construct berms of a quake of this magnitude in crucial areas that would from the Cascadia subduction act as â&#x20AC;&#x153;picnic areasâ&#x20AC;? during zone runs approximately 500 everyday life and high ground years, but an exact date is not for tsunami safety during certain. Ă RRGHYDFXDWLRQV â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are fully aware that Although plans have

been made for these options, funding for such projects has yet to turn up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are no more at risk now then we were before the tsunami in Japan, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good were paying more attention to the consequences of any earthquake offshore,â&#x20AC;? said Steele. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would be a shame if we delayed and lost those lives when we knew what was coming,â&#x20AC;? The Juan De Fuca plate located in the northwest is very young and warm according to Steele. The rupture is 600 miles long, and stretches along the entire western coast. Steele said it is expected that if the entire plate were to shift at once, the resulting quake could reach a magnitude of 9.0 or higher. Virtual modeling has assisted in showing what areas are more strained and what areas will rupture. Because the average return rate of such an earthquake varies so strongly, it is impossible to construct proper protection everywhere. Steele said when the Japanese took an average of the maximum probable wave and built accordingly, their defenses were overwhelmed by the tsunami and even kept water inside the country. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is going to be a lot of work done that I hope will lead to risk-wise decision making that we can learn from to plan our future earthquake,â&#x20AC;? said Steele. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It could happen tomorrow.â&#x20AC;? Keegan Stierle is a Staff Writer for The Olympian and main contributor for this issue of The Focal Point.

BY BRYAN DAVIS Olympic College Student With the recent tragedies in Japan, I thought Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d take this opportunity to provide you with some words of encouragement and hope. To those international students who were personally affected, I offer my deepest condolences. I am sure that these events may have PDGH LW GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOW IRU \RX WR IRFXV DQGHYHQPRUHGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWWRZDQWWR continue your education. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to remind you of the support services and staff Olympic College has to offer. Please take advantage of these free services available to you. 7KH &RXQVHOLQJ 2IĂ&#x20AC;FH LV DEOH to schedule appointments that are Ă H[LEOH IRU \RXU FODVV VFKHGXOH should you feel overwhelmed or need to talk. Another great place to visit to help you cope through these hard times is the Multicultural Services &HQWHU7KHVWDIIZKRUXQWKHRIĂ&#x20AC;FH are compassionate and care about how you are making it through this seemingly challenging period. The students who are in the MSC are always willing to listen. The atmosphere in the MSC is welcoming and warm; so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s especially important for you to be DEOH WR JR LQ WKHUH WR Ă&#x20AC;OO \RXUVHOI with positive energy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; plus itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a

pretty rad place anyway. When tragedies occur people come together and support each other in ways they never did before. We recognize that we arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really that different. We realize the feelings people have are real, and we begin to genuinely care about each other. At this point, many of you may feel that there is no hope. There is. If we all support each other, this increasingly hard time will become easier and easier for the whole. You have heard people say this time-and-time-again, but I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important for me to tell you once again: there is always light at the end of the tunnel. It may be dark right now, but once we get around the corner the light will shine brighter than ever. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to challenge us all, especially our staff, faculty and administrators, to be mindful of peoplesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; feelings. We walk past HDFKRWKHUHYHU\GD\DQGĂ DVKWKDW oh-so-generic smile at each other and think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made a difference. Sure, that smile may have changed that personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day for that split second; but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to challenge you all once again. I ask that when you walk by somebody to say â&#x20AC;&#x153;helloâ&#x20AC;? as you smile. Or, when you are sitting next to somebody you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know ask them â&#x20AC;&#x153;how are you doing?â&#x20AC;? Even the most generic of conversation can make the difference for somebody, no matter what they are experiencing. We are all in this together, so letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s be sure to support one another. Bryan Davis is the Associated Students of Olympic College vice president of Finance and Operations and an advocate of student rights and HPSRZHUPHQW 7KLV LV 'DYLV¡V Ă&#x20AC;UVW contribution to The Focal Point.

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6  Focal  Point from the previous page The earthquake that shattered Japan may be halfway across the world, but for many members of the Olympic College campus, the tragedy hit home in Bremerton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was around 10 p.m. here when it happened. I turned on CNN and saw the footage of the airport submerged. I knew the area; it was unreal,â&#x20AC;? said Akiko Bates, Olympic College International Student Programs coordinator. Bates was born and raised in Sendai, Japan, the town pinpointed as the epicenter of the damage in Japan. Because the area is prone to earthquakes, many locations of the country are readied for

shakes and hold tsunami drills, Bates said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were prepared for earthquakes, but not ones like this,â&#x20AC;? said Bates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have drills for tsunamis, but the inland areas were not prepared because they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think the water level would ever reach them.â&#x20AC;? Bates lived in Japan through high school, and moved to the United States as a student at Oregon State University. After graduation she returned to Japan and married. Because of her husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s military life, they eventually settled in Bremerton. With most of her family still living close to Sendai, Bates said she had concerns about

whether or not the tsunami had hit them. It took approximately one week for any sort of telephone call to get through, making meaningful contact frustrating and nearly

after the earthquake my sister sent me a one-word email, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Safeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;,â&#x20AC;? said Bates. $IWHU Ă&#x20AC;QDOO\ WRXFKLQJ base with her family, Bates said she got a startling perspective on the situation. The

said. the Fukushima Daiichi â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know that gym, Nuclear Power Station and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that big,â&#x20AC;? she caused by the earthquake said. is an immediate issue, Bates said her mother and the main concern of was at her sisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high- Bates. rise at the time of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m checking minutequake. Her sisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home by-minute, hour-by-hour LVRQWKHĂ&#x20AC;IWKĂ RRURIWKH for the nuclear crisis,â&#x20AC;? Ă RRU EXLOGLQJ DQG said Bates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If they can the earthquake could be Ă&#x20AC;[ WKDW WKH\ FDQ JHW â&#x20AC;&#x153;... right after the earthquake my felt on every level. things moving on.â&#x20AC;? sister sent me a one-word email, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything fell over Bates said she hopes RQ WKH WRS Ă RRUÂľ VDLG to return to Japan â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Safeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.â&#x20AC;? A KIKO  BATES Bates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A book that next month after the International  Student  Programs  coordinator was in one room was excitement of the new QRZ DFURVV WKH Ă RRU LQ quarter dies down, to see another.â&#x20AC;? her family and assist in Small steps are being any way possible. impossible in the area. Ă&#x20AC;UVW GD\ RI WKH WVXQDPL made to aid in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got the Japanese Bates said she was citizens faced with process. The electricity Newsweek, with pictures thankful for the Internet, the most destruction for landline telephones of Japan,â&#x20AC;? said Bates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It because otherwise she gathered in the gym of was restored, along with was just terrible. I know would have been clueless a nearby school. There gas for the non-civilian the streets, I know some as to the status of her were approximately transit system. of the people, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s well-being. 3,000 people in the The overheating of just devastating.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew my family cramped gym with less Continued on next page was safe because right than 300 blankets, Bates




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from the previous page The earthquake reached Japan as a magnitude 8.9 and the resulting tsunami that devastated the coast took the lives of more than 11,000 citizens, with 15,000 more reported missing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know anyone who actually lost their lives, but as of now I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t heard from my friendsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; parents,â&#x20AC;? said Bates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know I will know someone who died.â&#x20AC;? OC student Kumi Nozaki was also born in Japan and came to Washington looking for a college because she was familiar with the area. Although her family in Kyoto faced no damage, Nozaki said she will give support in anyway she can. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel useless and sad every time I see the news,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am willing to do whatever I can for people in Japan from here.â&#x20AC;? The International

Student Club co-sponsored a fundraiser for earthquake relief Monday and Tuesday. It was organized by the English as a Second Language Supporting Club and Hope for Japan Kitsap, and all proceeds will go to the American Red Cross. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will be sold, along with origami paper art. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really hope the people in Sendai, Fukushima and other places that had damage from the earthquake and tsunami get whatever support they need,â&#x20AC;? said Nozaki. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would be really difficult to get back to the life people had before, but I think people can do it.â&#x20AC;? Keegan Stierle is a Staff Writer for The Olympian and main contributor for this issue of The Focal Point.


Mao Sato and Joy Portella of Mercy Corps talk with Fuminori Onodera near his destroyed home in Shizugawa. Mercy &RUSVLVDQRQSURĂ&#x20AC;WRUJDQL]DWLRQEDVHGLQ3RUWODQG2UH Their mission is to help people in need around the world usLQJUHJLRQVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;FĂ&#x20AC;[HVGHYHORSHGE\SHRSOHZKRNQRZWKH area, speak the language and understand the culture. More about what they do can be found on their website.

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Foundation  Donations  for   helps  support   doughnuts   Japan  fund fundraiser BY KAYLEE WOODS Olympian Staff The Olympic College Foundation, a member of the Washington State Combined Fund Drive, organized a relief fund, called Hope for Japan, for the people of Japan in response to the March 11 earthquake. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our role as the foundation is we are the Olympic College connection to the Combined Fund Drive,â&#x20AC;? said Joan Hanten, Director of Institutional Advancement and the OC Foundation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The purpose of the Combined Fund Drive is to provide DQ HIĂ&#x20AC;FLHQW ZD\ IRU employees to donate WR QRQSURĂ&#x20AC;WV DQG WR reduce the cost to the charities for receiving donations.â&#x20AC;? The CFD is a nonSURĂ&#x20AC;W RUJDQL]DWLRQ WKDW coordinates donations from Washington state employees to various QRQSURĂ&#x20AC;W FKDULWLHV 7KH CFD is in its 27th year of operation and has had more than $94 million pledged since it was organized in 1984. The OC Foundation is promoting the Hope for Japan campaign, in an effort to encourage OC employees to donate. Hanten said she felt it was necessary for the foundation to promote Hope for Japan as a

courtesy because the foundation is also a EHQHĂ&#x20AC;FLDU\RIWKH&)' â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whenever there are giving opportunities or special occurrences, like for Japan, we want to make sure that our employees know that they can give, especially because the Combined Fund Drive is a reliable source,â&#x20AC;? she said. The foundation is acting as a liaison of the CFD for the Hope for Japan campaign. Any state employee wishing to donate may complete a paper donation form and submit it through WKH IRXQGDWLRQ RIĂ&#x20AC;FH Employees also have the option of submitting the donation form through payroll for automatic monthly donations, or they may complete the online donation form through the CFD website. Beginning in fall 2011 the CFD will operate through online donations only, and all paper transactions will be eliminated. The Hope for Japan campaign, which started March 18, will continue through April 21. Kaylee Woods is Managing Editor of The Olympian. She is a previous editor of and regular contributor to The Focal Point.

BY KAYLEE WOODS Olympian Staff

The Olympic College International Student Club co-sponsored a fundraiser with the English as a Second Language Supporting Club and Hope for Japan Kitsap in an effort to raise money to aid in the relief for the people of Japan. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and origami art were sold at the fundraiser that took place Monday and Tuesday. Doughnuts were sold for $1 each, coffee and origami were also available for purchase from 8:30 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 p.m. in the Bremer Student Center. ([HFXWLYH &RXQFLO 9LFH 3UHVLGHQW RI Communications Anja Cazacu volunteered to work at the event. Pre-orders for a dozen original, glazed doughnuts were taken beginning March 30 and went through Friday, for $10. Pre-orders were delivered Monday and Tuesday. According to Cazacu people could make separate donations to the American Red Cross at the event aside from buying doughnuts The Krispy Kreme doughnut sale was WKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWUHOLHIIXQGUDLVHUIRU+RSHIRU-DSDQ Kitsap. The group also plans on selling wristbands that say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hope for Japanâ&#x20AC;? as well as decals that say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Japan will survive because of you.â&#x20AC;? The dates for those fundraisers are not set, but the products have been ordered. All proceeds from the fundraisers went to the American Red Cross to aid relief efforts.

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A tsunami is not only one large wave, it has several waves following behind it. The first wave is not always the largest, either. So after the first wave hits, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t assume the worst is over. Listen to local officials for evacuation procedures and be prepared to leave all of your belongings behind.

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The Focal Point Issue 3: Japan  

The third issue of The Focal Point is about the Japanese quake. Since we don’t have reporters in Japan to give first hand accounts, we are f...