It wasn't only Japanese coastal towns and nuclear reactors that got hurt:
Earthquake Rattles Japanese Animation Industry
...Japan's recent earthquake, tsunami and nuclear reactor crises are taking their toll on the nation's population and industrial sector -- and Japanese anime, an industry that brings in an estimated $2.5 billion annually, has suffered as well.
"The whole thing is having a pretty significant effect right now," says Christopher Macdonald, CEO and publisher of Anime News Network. "70% of Japan's animation studios are in the suburbs of Tokyo, and those are . . . the areas being affected by the rolling blackouts. That means it's very hard for people to do work. They don't know when their electricity is going to be turned off for three to six hours; the offices start shaking every 15 minutes [from aftershocks]. For the most part, most of those studios are at a standstill when it comes to their animation work." ...
The disaster is just the latest setback for Japan's anime industry. ..."Production budgets have been slashed because of the economic slump, and young workers on the margins are bearing hard burdens," Hisako Sasaki, the head of anime studio Wish, recently told the national newspaper Asahi Shimbun. "Young workers have fewer chances to accumulate experience and improve their skills."
There's also an ongoing international slump in the sale of DVDs ...
Now imagine a big shaker on the other side of the ring of fire: California.
If you g0t a nice big burp from the San Andreas fault, something around 8.7 or 8.9, you might be looking at a sizable disruption in the American cartoon industry. Certainly there could be a slowdown with Pixar, Disney, Warner Bros. Animation, not to mention DreamWorks Animation on the banks of the Los Angeles River.
Depending on the intensity of shaking and the number of casualties, the results wouldn't necessarily be pretty.