Friday, March 11, 2011

The 8.9 Japan Earthquake


A severe earthquake and tsunami in Japan rattled U.S. agricultural markets Friday, as traders tried to assess the potential impact on import demand for such commodities as pork and corn. Corn and lean hog futures saw some of the sharpest declines as most farm products sold off on fears the disaster would slow demand from a key buyer. Further selling came from traders looking to just exit commodity markets because of the overall uncertainty that follows a natural disaster. read more....

A ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes on record slammed Japan's eastern coast Friday, killing hundreds of people as it swept away ships, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control. Hours later, the tsunami hit Hawaii but did not cause major damage. Warnings blanketed the Pacific, putting areas on alert as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. West coast. In northeastern Japan, the area around a nuclear power plant was evacuated after the reactor's cooling system failed. read more...

Photos from the Boston Globe here....

UPDATE: What Effect will the recent Tsunami, Earthquake, and Nuclear Disaster have upon Japan's Agriculture?

1 comment:

  1. I hadn't realized the impact on agricultural futures -- thanks for bringing it to our attention.

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