And for those wondering about event comparisons that is a VERY difficult thing to do. Two events I looked at last night were the 1995 Kobe earthquake in Japan and the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the Ukraine. While their local markets were hurt badly, neither event caused much reaction in the U.S. They were essentially 3-5 day pullbacks totaling between 2% and 3.5% in the SPX.
God bless the people in Japan and the Mideast.