Japan Disaster Should Serve As A Warning Here To Be Prepared

Educators at East Carolina University spent part of their spring break Friday watching events unfold in Japan and across the Pacific.

At the Center for Natural Hazards Research, the assistant director says it's unclear what impact the quake and tsunami could have on us in the East -- though he doesn't expect gas prices or our economy to be affected much.

Craig Landry says it could actually have a positive impact if it encourages people to prepare for potential disasters. "Certainly the visual images do drive it home when you see it. It kind of reinforces that we are exposed to those kind of hazards. Even though it's not likely to be a tsunami here, it's more likely to be a storm surge associated with a hurricane. But it should hopefully enforce our will to be prepared."

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  • by Katlyn Location: jacksonville North Carolina on Mar 13, 2011 at 09:10 PM
    this is shocking and very scary we should help NOW
  • by Dave on Mar 12, 2011 at 04:40 PM
    There go the ENC people, always trying to make a story all about them.
  • by hope Location: NC on Mar 12, 2011 at 10:40 AM
    I read about a store in one of the areas of devastation giving away batteries and flashlights and how the Japanese people calmly stood in line waiting their turn. American people could learn from this...
  • by wow Location: enc on Mar 12, 2011 at 04:56 AM
    Perhaps our leaders now have second thoughts about putting the southport nuke plant on a major fault line - this is a fact it is actually on the line!- what were they thinking????

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