On March 11, 2011, an offshore earthquake with a magnitude of 8.9 struck Japan and triggered a tsunami that devastated much in its path. The death toll is estimated at at least 1,000 people. Several Japanese blogs indicated damage to their tanks and livestock as well. There is now great fear that several nuclear power plants will experience a meltdown, causing widespread radioactive exposure. This catastrophic event shows how minor our own problems may be; my thoughts are with everyone in Japan and everyone affected by this tragedy.