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18th April 2011

As a Citizen of Kansas, this blogger is rather used to stories about tornadoes, but when news of multiple tornadoes across the United States comes to the fore it may be something noteworthy even for those based in Southeast Asia. To quote directly from Meteorologist Meghan Evans on AccuWeather.com:

From Thursday, April 14, 2011 to Saturday, April, 16, 2011, devastating tornadoes rampaged across communities of the southern United States. Cities and towns from Oklahoma to North Carolina were assaulted by the deadly twisters.

The tornado outbreak led to a total of 241 tornado reports in 14 states over the three-day period. This will likely rank this tornado outbreak among the largest in history.

The administration of this web log strongly encourages readers to click upon the hyperlinks above to learn more about this tragic situation.  Meanwhile, it would appear as though the situation in Japan continues to be traumatic for both the government of that country as well as the public-at-large. Bearing this in mind, the engineers at the Fukushima nuclear facility have noted that the process of recovery could be quite time consuming. To quote directly from NECN.com:

In Japan, engineers say they will need up to nine months to fully shut down the damaged reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. And government officials are heading to areas that are slated for evacuation — amid warnings of possible new radiation leaks.

The situation in Japan remains a concern for nations and individuals throughout Asia and the world due to both the human toll as well as the damage caused by what can only be described as a “perfect storm” of events which befell Japan on March 11, 2011. It would appear as though the situation is even becoming an increasingly serious cause of concern for the Department of State. In fact, Secretary Clinton was quoted by NECN.com as stating:

“After the Indian Ocean tsunami, after the hurricane Katrina, after the earthquake in Haiti, Japan sent aid and often aid workers,” she said. “In places unsettled by conflict from Somalia to the Golan Heights Japan sends peacekeepers. To help Pakistan meet its security and economic challenges, Japan organized a donors’ conference and pledged one billion dollars itself. Japan is one of the world’s most generous nations and the dozens of countries that have sent support in the past five weeks, are honoring Japan’s legacy of caring for others.”

NECN.com is not the only news outlet which is currently reporting on the situation in Japan as the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has been keeping up with this story as well. To quote directly from the BBC‘s official website BBC.co.uk:

The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has said it expects to bring the crisis under control by the end of the year. Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) aims to reduce radiation leaks in three months and to cool the reactors within nine months. The utility said it also plans to cover the reactor building, which was hit by a huge quake and tsunami on 11 March… America has won Japanese admiration for sending scores of US ships and aircraft as well as 20,000 troops to help the relief effort. Operation Tomodachi, or Friend, was the biggest humanitarian mission the US has conducted in Japan.

The administration of this web log highly encourages readers to click upon the hyperlinks noted above in order to read these stories in full and thereby gain further insight into these developments.

All of the developments noted above could prove to be concerning to both local populations experiencing these tragedies in real time as well as the global community since problems arising from weather related events in one part of the world could have a significant economic and political impact upon nations and individuals in a different geographic location.

In the case of the Japanese Crisis, many feel as though the geopolitical and economic reverberations emanating from the situation in Japan are likely to cause a sort of “ripple effect” which will continue to impact business in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States of America. The exact nature and magnitude of these reverberations remains to be seen as it seems likely that the economies of the world will react in different ways to the unfolding situation in Japan.

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