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Effect of Japan’s Earthquake & Tsunami on America’s Auto Industry

May 19, 2011

It may take some time before the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011 really affects America’s car industry, but when it does, here are some things you can expect to happen.  Since there were several parts suppliers that got wiped out by the earthquake, there will be less inventory at Japanese car showrooms, in turn, reducing inventory in the United States, which is supplied by Japan.  The popular Toyota Prius and other Japanese hybrid cars are already experiencing scarce inventory.

How would the earthquake and tsunami that struck Northern Japan in March 2011 affect the auto industry in the United States?In addition, there could be an increase in the demand for used cars.  Used car prices may rise this summer if the demand increases.  However, this could be good news to those looking to trade their old vehicle for a new car.  Finally, a buying frenzy for American cars may occur.  There was a large recall on Toyota cars recently, putting the Ford Motor Company in the spotlight.  It looks like 2011 may be a good year for Ford, Chevy and Chrysler and other American car makers.

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Taylor P.

Aftermath in Japan: One Month Later

April 15, 2011

It has been a month since the earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, and many of you may be wondering how Japan is coping.  Here are some sobering statistics: the Japanese National Police Agency confirmed that there have been 13,127 deaths, 4,793 injured and 14,348 people missing.  There are over 125,000 buildings that have been damaged or destroyed.  These natural disasters have also caused heavy road and railway damage as well as a dam collapse in Fukushima.  There are around 4.4 million households in northeastern Japan that have been left without electricity and 1.5 million households that have been left without water.  Not only do the Japanese people have to deal with their losses, but they also have to stay alert and be attentive to their safety and health.

One month after the earthquake and tsunami that struck Northern Japan, the Japanese people are still struggling to put their lives back together.The tsunami resulted in more than 300,000 refugees.  There are shortages in food, water, and shelter.  The people of Japan really need our help.  Although some of us are not in the position to help, every little bit helps.  Imagine yourself in their position.  One day, you wake up to a natural disaster and realize that you’ve lost your family, home, and business.  I hope that the people of Japan are able to get back on their feet and heal from all the pain that this disaster has brought them.  If you are interested in helping, there are many foundations dedicated to helping the victims of this disaster such as the Jennifer Smart Foundation.

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Joie Montoya

How is the Car Industry Being Affected by the Tsunami and Earthquake in Japan?

March 30, 2011

The tsunami and earthquake of March 11, 2011 have had a devastating effect in Japan.  If you look through Japan’s history, they are usually prepared for earthquakes, but this time, they were taken by surprise.  With the earthquake shaking buildings off their foundation and the tsunami waves sweeping away everything in its path, it leaves you wondering: how is the disaster affecting the car industry? Nissan, Subaru, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Suzuki all have their headquarters in Japan, not to mention their manufacturing facilities, as well.

Not only has Japan's agriculture taken a hit, but so has its automobile industry.  Nissan, Subaru, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Suzuki have experienced both an interruption in production as well as a loss in inventory.Most of the major auto factories have been closed due to the circumstances.  This is going to affect sales and production significantly, locally and worldwide.  Many of the plants are unsure as to how long they will need to close down production.  Along with this delay, auto manufacturers must also deal with the massive loss of inventory.  Nissan lost 2,300 of its cars, 1,300 of which were meant to be exported to the United States.  For every day that the facilities are closed, there is a loss of USD$72,000,000.  Let’s hope that Japan has seen the last of these tragic events and that the car industry can start getting back on its feet and move forward.

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Joie Montoya

Disaster Preparedness

March 28, 2011

There have been many disasters lately such as the recent earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan.  Disasters such as the aforementioned are hardly predicted accurately, which means it is our responsibility to be prepared at all times.  Precautions have been taught to us when we went to school or when we go to work, but for those who might have forgotten, I hope this refreshes your memory about the things you should and should not do in the event of a disaster.

Natural disasters can happen at any times.  Here are some ways you and your family can prepare for the next disaster.Things you should do to prepare for a disaster:

  • Stay calm.
  • Have all important documents (birth certificates, passports, social security cards, etc) pre-organized in a briefcase or backpack and ready to go.  See “Simplifying Your Financial Life” for more information.
  • Organize a safety kit including band aids, non-perishable food, water, disinfectant, an extra pair of clothing, an extra set of keys, and other necessary toiletries.
  • Practice how to take cover for different types of disasters (e.g. in case of an earthquake, get under the nearest table or doorway and cover your head).
  • Come up with different safety plans for your family, including different escape routes and rendezvous points.
  • Write down any emergency numbers and keep them in your safety kit.  You might also consider purchasing an inexpensive, prepaid cell phone to keep in the kit, as well.

Things you should not do in case of a disaster:

  • DO NOT PANIC!
  • Do not call 911.  Phone lines will be jammed during a disaster.
  • Do not rely solely on your cell phones for help.
  • Do not lose focus.
  • Do not run into places where there is more danger.

Disasters can be a frightening experience but it is always important to remain calm during any difficult situation, as hard as it may be.  Although there have been some predictions of future earthquakes, predictions are nothing to stress over.  Instead, take it as a warning to be prepared.  If you are prepared, there is nothing to be worried about.

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Joie Montoya

 

Japan Relief Effort: How You Can Help the Earthquake & Tsunami Victims

March 14, 2011

Around the world on Friday, March 11, 2011, we watched in horror as a magnitude 8.9 earthquake, with an epicenter 231 miles (373 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo and 80 miles (130 km) east of Sendai, Honshu in the Pacific Ocean, generated a tsunami that devastated the mostly rural region of Northern Japan.  The immediate destruction of the earthquake and tsunami included destroyed or toppled houses and buildings, overturned train cars, and mud and debris pushed miles inland.  The livelihoods of millions of people were wiped out, the human toll incalculable.

The disaster has made even the most basic of necessities – food, clothing, and shelter – hard to come by.  The international community and nonprofit organizations have stepped in, mobilizing rescue workers and providing relief to the victims of the disaster.  You, too, can help the victims of the disaster by providing relief supplies or donating money.  The fastest way to help is to make a $10 donation by sending a text message from your mobile phone to an organization’s short code.  Ten organizations have established a text message short code so far.

You can help the victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan by donating money with a simple text message.Simply text the specific word to the organization’s designated short code:

Adventist Development and Relief AgencyADRA Relief

  • Text SUPPORT to 85944

American Red CrossJapanese Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief

  • Text REDCROSS to 90999

Convoy of HopeDisaster Response

  • Text TSUNAMI or SUNAMI to 50555

GlobalGivingJapan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund

  • Text JAPAN to 50555

International Medical CorpsEmergency Response Fund

  • Text MED to 80888

Mercy CorpsHelp Survivors of Japan’s Earthquake

  • Text MERCY to 25383

Salvation ArmyJapan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Efforts

  • Text JAPAN to 80888

Save the Children FederationJapan Earthquake Tsunami Relief

  • Text JAPAN or TSUNAMI to 20222

World ReliefJapanese Tsunami Relief

  • Text WAVE to 50555

World VisionJapan Quake and Tsunami Relief

  • Text 4JAPAN or 4TSUNAMI to 20222

The $10 donation will show up on your next phone bill.  Every little bit helps.

Canadian vlogger, BusanKevin, lives in Kobe, Japan.  He has appealed to Canadians and Americans to help in any way they can.

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Francis M. Unson

8.9 Magnitude Earthquake & Tsunami Strike Japan

March 12, 2011

On Friday, March 11, 2011, an earthquake struck off the shore of Northern Japan with a magnitude 8.9.  This earthquake created a 23-foot tsunami, devastating the mostly rural area.  More than 50 aftershocks have occurred since the main quake, some being over magnitude 6.0.  Friday’s earthquake ranked as the fifth largest earthquake since 1900.  Hundreds upon thousands of people were left dead, injured, or missing.  People in Tokyo and the surrounding metropolis were left stranded because the rail network went offline immediately after the quake.  33 shelters have been set up in city hall, university campuses, and in government offices so far.  Evacuations were ordered for those closest to nuclear power plants, requiring people to move at least 2-3 miles away from the plant.  Although the plant was not leaking any radiation, it was still hot even after shutdown.

On March 11, 2011, a powerful 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck the coast of Northern Japan, triggering a 23-foot tsunami, devastating farmland and leveling infrastructure in its path.

Natori City, Japan. Photograph: Kyodo/Reuters

The entire Pacific Rim area was put on alert, but the waves were not as strong as expected in the state of Hawaii.  At around 9 AM EST, a 7-foot high tsunami hit the island of Maui, while neighboring islands Oahu and Kauai recorded waves at least 3 feet high.  Jordan Scott, spokesperson for the California Emergency Management Agency, said that it could take 10 to 12 hours for the effects of the earthquake to completely fade away.  Evacuations were made all along the California coast, including 6,000 people near the town of Santa Cruz.  Coastal residents continue to stay on watch for any possible emergencies.  People are encouraged to make any donations they can to an international relief fund supporting the victims of this disaster such as American Red Cross’s “Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami” disaster relief page on Amazon.com.

The tsunami wave, as seen from the sea before making its way inland:

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Taylor P.

Buy a Ready-Made Disaster Kit vs. Make One from Scratch

April 26, 2010

Disasters can strike at any time, arriving in the form of unannounced earthquakes, forecasted yet still destructive hurricanes and tornadoes, other acts of God and even man-made chemical spills or power plant meltdowns.  When disaster strikes, are you prepared? What does being prepared mean?  The makers of one such disaster kit breaks it down like this: Food, water, shelter, first aid, alert, and “other items”.  The first three should look familiar to you as the traditional items on an immediate “basic needs” list, while first aid deals with injury inflicted during the disaster.  Alert items help EMT or search and rescue find you sooner.  “Other items”, such as a dust mask and work gloves, help reduce further injury.

A disaster kit addresses the basic needs of food, water, and shelter for you and your family. Should you buy a ready-made kit or create one from scratch?Why do I recommend buying a ready-made disaster kit? While these kits come with everything you will need, creating a disaster kit from scratch and buying everything that comes with it takes a lot of time and effort.  The 58-item disaster kit comes with 21 unique items.  Would you like to run around a sporting goods store or department store seeking out these items?  Furthermore, you may need to make a trip to a specialty store if you can’t find some of the items.  In any event, purchasing a ready-made disaster kit will cost between $40-90.  Creating one from scratch will cost around $80 if you purchase the items in bulk, but you will be left with lots of leftovers, enough to make multiple kits.

Here are the contents of the ready-made disaster kit with all the items you need to get by until the city or state restores basic services and utilities and businesses reopen.  All the items come in a bright, safety orange backpack:

WATER
6 Emergency Drinking Pouches
FOOD
1 2400-Calorie Bar
ALERT
1 Flashlight w/batteries
2 Light Sticks
1 Whistle
SHELTER/WEATHER
1 Rain Poncho
1 Emergency Blanket
4 Hand Warmers
FIRST AID ITEMS
15 ¾” x 3″ Adhesive Bandages
5 ⅜” x 1 ½” Adhesive Bandages
1 Antibiotic Ointment Packet
3 Antiseptic Wipes
3 Alcohol Prep Pads
1 First Aid Guide
2 Acetaminophen Tablets (e.g. Tylenol)
2 Ibuprofen Tablets (e.g. Advil)
2 Antacid Tablets
OTHER
1 Pair of Work Gloves
1 Dust Mask
1 Biohazard Bag w/tie
4 Hand Sanitizer Packets

If you feel compelled to create your own disaster kit for, say, your family of four, buying the items in bulk will save you a lot of money.  Below, I will also list the number of items purchased in bulk in parentheses.  Even if you assemble four complete kits and stuff them in a single orange backpack, you will still find yourself with a lot of leftover items, as the numbers will show.

WATER
24 Emergency Drinking Pouches (pack of 60)
FOOD
4 2400-Calorie Bars (pack of 24)
ALERT
4 Flashlights w/batteries (each)
8 Light Sticks (pack of 10)
4 Whistles (each)
SHELTER/WEATHER
4 Rain Ponchos (pack of 4)
4 Emergency Blankets (pack of 4)
16 Hand Warmers (pack of 40)
FIRST AID ITEMS
60 ¾” x 3″ Adhesive Bandages (pack of 100)
20 ⅜” x 1 ½” Adhesive Bandages (pack of 100)
4 Antibiotic Ointment Packets (pack of 100)
12 Antiseptic Wipes (pack of 100)
12 Alcohol Prep Pads (pack of 200)
4 First Aid Guides (each)
8 Acetaminophen Tablets (pack of 50)
8 Ibuprofen Tablets (pack of 50)
8 Antacid Tablets (pack of 125)
OTHER
4 Pairs of Work Gloves (each)
4 Dust Masks (pack of 30)
4 Bio-hazard Bags w/tie (pack of 25)
16 Hand Sanitizer Packets (pack of 200)
1 Orange Backpack

As you can see, just four items (flashlight with batteries, whistle, First Aid guide, and work gloves) were not purchased in bulk.  In any case, unless you ran a doctor’s office, were compiling a disaster kit that complied with OSHA, or had accident-prone children, the chances of requiring so many first aid items, hand warmers, and packets of hand sanitizer are slim.

You may save a lot of money by assembling your own disaster kit but you will waste a lot of time doing so and you will have a lot of items leftover.  It is never too soon to purchase a disaster kit so that you and your family can have some peace of mind when the unexpected takes place.  Disaster kits address the most basic of human needs.  Do not wait until a disaster already takes place to think about the needs of you or your family.

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Francis M. Unson

 


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