I was shocked yesterday seeing the terrible images from Japan, following the 8.9 earthquake off their NW coast. I’m trying to imagine what it would be like if a natural disaster struck England, with similar casualties. We just aren’t mentally or physically prepared for such an event.
Anyway, one of the things which struck me was that two of the world’s biggest economies are located on or very close to major tectonic fault lines. Both California and Japan (ranked 8th and 3rd in terms of economic output in terms of world ranking) are in this position – strange situation and very unstable.