By BECKY McKENDRY
Capital News Service
LANSING – When Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Typhoon Yolanda, devastated the Philippines last month, Americans sprang into action. Just not as many as expected, according to a national report. Compared to other recent international disasters like the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the 2011 tsunami in Japan, fewer Americans paid attention to news of the typhoon and are donating to relief efforts, according to the Pew Research Center report. At least over 55 percent of Americans reported “very closely” following the earthquake in Haiti and tsunamis in Japan and the Indian Ocean. Only 32 percent of Americans report following Typhoon Haiyan.
The recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan has had a devastating effect on the region. These devastating effects sent shockwaves throughout not only Japan, but also across the world. MSU’s on-site seismologist, Professor Katsuya Fujita, showed how the earthquake was even picked up on MSU’s seismograph. “Certainly up towards the souce of the earthquake, you would have had much more signifcant shaking, potentially houses collapsing, defintiely houses collapsing, and just an intense shaking of the ground,” Professor Fujita said of what was felt by those in the region. Following the recent devastation in Japan, the world community has banded together in the relief effort for those affected.