The 21st Century has already experienced some crippling earthquakes, notably in Haiti, New Zealand and Japan.
It took time for the people of these countries to recover but Japan still faces tough challenges, coping with the ongoing nuclear disaster at Fukushima.
Three years ago, almost to the day, a powerful earthquake struck Japan triggering a Tsunami. Japan is still struggling with the after effects of an event which compromised a nuclear facility. The radiation leaks from that event are not a global probelm.
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