Earthquake related news July 24, 2011

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Japan (Shiogama boats)
Just over four months after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami devastated this Pacific port, 23,000 participants and spectators took part in the Shiogama Port Festival on July 18. The centerpiece of the event, one of the three largest boat festivals in Japan, is the "Mikoshi Kaijo Togyo" (portable shrine cruise). The Ryuho Maru and the Hoo Maru, each carrying portable shrines representing the Shiwahikojinja and Shiogamajinja shrines, cruised outside the port surrounded by small fleets of fishing boats. Participants pray for safety at sea and big catches. $$$

United States (disaster science)
Disaster Research Center scientists study the world's worst disasters in hopes of saving more lives in the future; one of the center's experts says that disaster planning is constantly changing: "As we have a combination of new threats that face us -- natural and technological -- as we have changes in climate, as we have changes in population density, in where people are living, people are put at risk and new issues are created" $$$

United States (Disasters economic cost)
It appears that the verdict is still on out on the economic effects of natural disasters with researchers reaching diverging conclusions on the matter; New Zealand's economy has actually grown 0.8 percent in the first quarter of this year, despite the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that rocked Christchurch, New Zealand in February; New Zealand may have escaped with little economic repercussions, but studies show that this is not always the case with natural disasters $$$

Japan (buying out lowlands)
The Japanese government intends to buy out land from survivors of the March earthquake and tsunami and help them acquire agricultural holdings on highlands in the same area. A statement to that effect came from Prime Minister Naoto Kan at parliamentary hearings. $$$

Japan (Donation containers)
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced the donation of six 20-foot reefer containers to the Soma-Futaba Fisheries Cooperative Association as part of its support activities for the disaster-stricken areas. $$$

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