Rare earth metals are getting less and less popular as the days go by. It seems like in the near future, rare earth metals will no longer be used at all. As Keith Bradsher of The New York Times states, the prices of rare earth metals are declining sharply. Previously, the price of rare earth metals had been rising for three years straight.
Though the event shocked much of the world, the March 11 earthquake in Japan should have not come as such a big surprise in the eyes of geologists. Evidence shows that “the entire subduction zone along the Japan Trench behaves as one enormous unit rather than segmented sections that rupture with different frequencies and strengths” [Suwa et al., 2006].