posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 01:29 AM
I apologize for making another thread on the Japan disaster. I know there's already enough out here on this site.
I am currently living in Japan, in Kawasaki city, but very close to Tokyo (within 15min by train). I experienced the major earthquake first hand.
The areas in and around Tokyo were not affected too badly, when compared to the places up north. I haven't noticed any major damage to homes and
Food is pretty hard to get, especially food that doesn't need to be refrigerated, because of ongoing blackouts.
I used to go to an international school here, so my family knows a lot of foreigners that live here in Japan. These people tend to be pretty wealthy,
and I've noticed that at first signs of a disaster, these people are the first to evacuate out of Japan. The local Japanese people seem to be more
calm, and think about their fellow people, trying to help each other as much as possible. It's kind of a comforting feeling. Even though there was
a crisis, and still a risk of more to come, I feel somewhat safe with these people. I know i would be a lot more scared if this kind of thing
happened in America and i was in that situation.
I'm sure you guys have already read a bunch of stories of how helpful the japanese are to each other, so I won't keep going on about that.
I'm currently working at Gap here in Tokyo, and the schedule has been strange, due to the blackouts and train schedules, but i did work there the day
after the major quake, and what really surprised me is that some people seem like they were unaffected by the quake. I could swear there was more
people shopping for clothes then they usually would on a sunday. That was one thing that kind of made me mad. I mean, a lot of places are closed due
to the quakes, but there is still a significant amount of places that try and do as much business as possible, with the time they have. I just
couldn't get how people could be out shopping for clothes like it was a normal day, instead of getting supplies and being with their families.
We are still feeling the effects of this disaster, and I'm sure they will continue to come for at least a month. The international schools have been
cancelled til at least the 28th, and they say blackout may continue until april.
I was going to work a few days ago and the station was so packed that they wouldn't let people in. There must have been at least 250-300 people
waiting to get on the train. I waited for 2 hours and the numbers just kept growing. I finally gave up and went home with my mom, who was waiting
for the trains as well. I have a few pictures, and will post them if anyone is interested.
I have been monitoring a live feed of a geiger counter in Tokyo. Two days ago, there was a spike in the readings going up to around 45 CPM, but it
was only temporary and seems like it is going back to normal. I just checked the readings today and its back to around 13CPM, so i think we are
relavtively safe for now.
My family has stocked up on some food and water, and a few other supplies. There have been on going quakes. Some still fairly large, I'd say around
a M4 in our area. I think the worst thing is just worrying about another big quake hitting, and not knowing when it's going to come. I just try not
to think about it, but it's good to be aware and on high alert.
Anyway, that's my side of the story. I think my family has decided to stay put and see what happens. Things look like they are settling down, and i
hope that the worst part is over. I will keep you guys updated if anything new happens, and feel free to ask me any questions. I will try to answer
them to the best of my ability.
There will be a blackout in my area from 6PM-10PM (Japan time) so I will try to reply to posts after that time.
Thanks for reading,