March 24-30, 2013, is National Tsunami Awareness Week. The world had a wakeup call from Mother Nature after the devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit Japan in March of 2011 — destroying more than nearly 1 million buildings, claiming more than 15,000 lives plus causing meltdowns at three reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. At a price tag of $235 billion, this tsunami was the costliest natural disaster in world history.
Last week’s news featured a number of strong earthquakes that occurred in various locations around the world. On Thursday, Western Mexico experienced two earthquakes of magnitude 6.9 and 6.2 with very shallow epicenters. People as far away as Tucson, Arizona reported feeling these quakes.
Last week, the earth may not have actually rumbled, but millions of people pretended like it did. Californians united to conduct the largest earthquake drill in U.S. history, the Great California Shake Out. In order to participate, individuals, families and organizations played out the scenario of “the next big one,” which came in the form of an earthquake registering 7.8 on the Richter scale.