A Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Update

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I’m not going to try to bring you breaking news on this story–the situation is too fluid, and you don’t come to The Rumpus for that sort of story anyway, at least I don’t think you do. Instead I’m going to try to link to more peripheral stories.

Japan has more experience with earthquakes and tsunamis than almost any other nation, and their planning undoubtedly saved lives.

Slate runs down how Google both responds and helps responders in crisis situations.

Some painful photos from the tsunami anad earthquake.

One of the biggest concerns facing the Japanese government involves two of their nuclear power plants.

Some of the programs facing cuts under the Republican House’s continuing resolution (which failed in the Senate yesterday) include cuts to programs that monitor, among other things, tsunamis.


Brian Spears is Senior Poetry Editor of The Rumpus and the author of A Witness in Exile (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011). His poem “Upon Reading That Andromeda Will One Day Devour Triangulum and Come For Us Next” was featured in Season 9 of Motion Poems. More from this author →