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Why was the Haitian Earthquake so deadly?

Who was affected by the earthquake?

This earthquake affect all the people on Haiti, leaving 230,000 people dead.

Why was Haiti struck by an earthquake?

Haiti was struck by an earthquake because of it’s positioning between three plates. The North and South American plates are trying to move to the West. Around Haiti, were the transform plates, and they were grinding together. This is what caused the earthquake.

Do you disagree with any of the explanation given by the Al Jazeera meteorologist? How would you improve the explanation? What terminology do you think should be used?

I do agree with the explanation provided by this meteorologist is correct, but it was very brief. I think they should have included more information about the cause of the earthquake, including the measure on the richter scale, and epicenter.

When did the earthquake happen?

The earthquake struck at the epicenter at Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 16:53:10.

Do you think that the death toll was affected by the time of day that the earthquake occurred? Explain your answer fully.

I think that the death toll was affected by the time of the day the earthquake occurred since children were in school, maybe playing outdoors. The civilians were fulfilling their daily duties, which are mostly outside of their houses. If the earthquake were to strike later in the evening, or early morning, when everyone is at home, the death toll would have been less. This is because they are under shelter and in a familiar place where they can be protected.

What physical components of the earthquake contributed to the severity of this extreme natural event?

First, this earthquake was measured a 7.0 on the richter scale, which is extremely strong. Also, this was the biggest aftershock, so there were other, smaller shocks that also caused some damage.

Haiti’s Level of Development

How might Haiti’s level of development have impacted upon the death toll?

As you can see in the table above, Haiti is a developing country. Haiti does not have proper roads and means of transportation. This affects the path the ambulances, helicopters and such reach the hurt. Also, buildings are very weak, so they fall to the ground without a fight. Haiti is also not a very hygienic place, in terms of their water supply and such.

How is Haiti’s history a contributing factor to the death toll?

In the last 60 years, Haiti’s life expectancy has increased by approximately 30 years, but their GDP per capita has decreased. It has been through tough economic times, with the struggle of being an independent country. After Haiti gained independence from France in 1804, the French demanded money to cover up expenses in the war. Times such as this, is why Haiti does not have a strong economy and it’s unable to stabilize it’s economy, or spend money to improve infrastructure.

What is a multiple hazard location? How might the fact that Haiti is a multiple hazard location have impacted the death toll negatively and positively?

Haiti is on a ‘key hurricane track’, and it is at a multiple hazard location. A multiple hazard location is a place which has a high tendency to experience earthquakes, tsunamis, and hurricanes. The only positive aspect of Haiti being a multiple hazard zone is the experience and knowledge the country earns by being affected by earthquakes. For example, Japan is also struck by earthquakes often too. The Japanese people learnt from this, and made earthquake resistant-buildings, and they have made plans and strategies to prevent a high death toll. The same way, Haiti can make safe structures and education their people about the dangers that can head their way. The negative aspect of Haiti being a multiple hazard zone is that it does not help the country in developing further, since the country does not have enough money to keep on rebuilding structures.


“The Rise of the New Groupthink”

I found this article very interesting, since before I read this article, I thought the absolute opposite. I always thought that group work created more creativity and ideas instead of sabotaging a students creativity. “Without great solitude, no serious work is possible,” Picasso said. This quotes says that working alone basically creates your best work possible. This is because no one is there to interrupt your thoughts, and to shoot down your ideas even if they are in process. After reading this article, it makes me think why teachers do form groups for a task to be completed, and usually assign a group leader to make the final decisions. Next time we do work in groups, it’s going to make me more aware of what I am doing and how my group affects the work I am doing. “Conversely, brainstorming sessions are one of the worst possible ways to stimulate creativity.” I was really surprised by this sentence since I had always thought that brainstorming was the best way to get ideas out of our head and make us think about more ideas. Overall, this article was very interesting and something I had never heard about before.

Is College Worth It?

This first graph is about the different colleges & the criteria.

This graph is if we are spending too much on education.



Our Invention

During most of last class, we were working on making an invention for our classmates to buy. In the process of making the invention, we had to keep in mind the group we were selling to. We were selling to teenage students. We decided on making something students could use in school. We combined a scissor and pen to make, ‘double take’.

Cost of production: Our total cost of production was 580yen.

Loss: We lost 16oyen because our total cost was 580yen and we only made 420yen.

Profit: We made 420yen.

Total revenue: Our total income was 420yen.

Factors of production:




Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue?

a) What is ego depletion?
Ego depletion is a term relating to decision fatigue. Ego depletion is how much energy you have inside of you which can be used up to the point you reach exhaustion. Relating this to decision making, it is our energy and capability to make the smarter decisions till our ego basically dies.
b) What is the key ingredient our brains need to lessen “ego depletion” or decision fatigue?
The key ingredient that our brains need to lessen “ego depletion” or decision fatigue is glucose, sugar. Foods that include glucose are pasta, bread, chocolate, and many others.
c) What is an example of decision fatigue you thought was most interesting from the article? Explain.
The most interesting example of decision fatigue is the one on page two, the example about Twenge, and the series of questions asked to the participants. I found this really interesting and fun to read. It was funny and made me smile when I read it. I can also totally imagine what the people would have gone through because I have too.
d) What is a personal example of decision fatigue you experienced in the past year? Explain.
An example of decision fatigue in my life was just this summer. We were in this huge mall in Bangkok and I really needed to buy new school clothes, there were six floors and tons and tons of stores. By the first floor, my cousin & I did not even have one bag of clothes, thinking we’d find better things on the floors above. We had one packet by the end of the second floor, and gradually got more. By the fifth floor we only had 3 bags and we were completely exhausted. On the fifth floor, I bought clothes worth 3 bags. We decided to go the sixth floor, even though we were exhausted. On the sixth floor, I had 6 bags, and my cousin had 5. Looking back, I now know how come we gradually started buying clothes as we reached the end. It is pretty funny to think about.
This article was really interesting and I hope to read more.


In this assignment, we are using PACED to write a blog post relating to any of the definitions we have touched upon in class. P stands for the problem, A stands for alternatives, C stands for criteria, E stands for evaluate, and lastly D stands for decision. We have to find an article and apply PACED to it.

This article is about the worldwide shortage of medical doctors, mainly focusing on physicians. A physician is a medical practicer and provides health & care. They are extremely important and right now it is scarce. In the article it says that in 57 countries, there is a total shortage of 2.3 million physicians. This is an example of the economic term supply and demand. In this case, there is high demand of physicians and not enough supply.

The general problem is that there is a shortage (scarcity) of physicians. The alternatives for physicians are 1.) take physicians and allocate (distribute) them to places that have shortages, 2.) start paying students going into college to take the medical course, 3.) use regular doctors and let them train for a few years to be qualified as a physician.  The criteria for the alternatives would be, 1.) must be medically & academically qualified, 2.) willing to travel to other countries to serve there, 3.) must serve for at least 5 years to meet the Millennium Development Goals.


By looking at this table, distributing physicians from the countries that have a sufficient amount of physicians seems like the best idea in terms of being the most efficient and being the right choice economically. Also, I think it would be useful to pay college students to take the medical course. The second criteria, willing to travel to other countries to serve there, college students are not going to know at the very moment what is going to happen with there lives, if they are going to be satisfied with their decision later on in life or not. This is why college students are not very reliable. For the third criteria, it is pretty clear that most physicians do work five years, or more. It is a very important and top job, and they most of their lives dedicated to this job. The opportunity cost for the criteria that was the best, is if the physicians would be willing to work in other regions of the world. Without this, there will be an uneven amount of physicians, such as now, and this causes scarcity. This is the decision, the last part of PACED.

Link of the article:

Social Studies Class Reflection One

In these past few classes I have learnt a lot of new information and lessons that I didn’t know anything about before. I found the classes very interesting & fun, because it was new information that interested me. Firstly, we learnt what the definition of economics was. Economics is the study of how we choose to allocate (distribute) limited resources to satisfy unlimited wants. The concepts that we talked about were allocation, which is to make decisions to move your wealth in different piles (distribution), choice, which is choosing alternatives, opportunity cost, which is the best alternative you gave up, trade off,  is to give one thing for another, and lastly, scarcity, limited resources that are desirable. One key point is that we all have self- interest, and will do things for our own benefits. We also learnt an interesting fact, that people will be willing to save money if that amount being saved is a number that can be compared to the original price. The example was, if there was a calculator for 10,000yen & the price on sale in Osaka was 6,000, would go to Osaka to save that 4,000, or if a car for 2 million yen, and it was 4,000yen cheaper in Osaka, normally people wouldn’t go because 4,000yen seems small compared to 1.9 million yen, even though you’re saving the same amount with the calculator. I found this very interesting, it is a thing that normally people do often, but we never recognize and analyze our thoughts. Now that I have learnt this, I look back and remember examples when I did the same thing. Lastly, we learnt about the two schools of economy and the way they think their country should be run. Again, I found these classes interesting & I cannot wait to learn more.


I found articles which can be related to scarcity. For the less fortunate, there is a scarcity of water, shelter, food, and pay in Delhi, India. The link is:


I can relate this to scarcity and what we learnt in class because all of water, shelter, food, and pay are a desirable resources, which is also limited in these people’s cases.

On the news a while ago, I heard that the UN announced that there is a scarcity of food in parts of Asia and Africa.

The link for this article is: