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2011年3月12日 (土)

Nature is the scariest thing. -the Pacific coast of Tohoku Earthquake-

Yesterday (the 11th of March 2011) in the afternoon at around 3 p.m., I was working at my working place in Yokohama-city. Then I felt shaking. It's kind of common in Japan to have small size earthquakes, so first I thought "it's another usual earthquake." However, it was NOT.

The shake lasted for some minutes and it became bigger and bigger. Girls at my working place (including me) started crying out. It was my first experience that I felt it was the end of my life. I was so scared.

As the shake was so big, there was an announcement from the building management company that we need to evacuate. Our floor is located on the 6th floor (in American way, the 7th floor) and of course, the lifts were not working, so we had to walk down the stairs. Again, it was scary, because, I was wondering what would happen if the next big shake happened in the middle of moving down to the ground.

We waited for about 1 hour outside the building to see the situation, then, went back to the office. The office room was "chaos". Lots of file cabinets were fallen down and the files were everywhere on the floor. Computers (which were originally put on the desks) were fallen down. We had to clean the room in the constant aftershocks.

After the cleaning, I went to the nearest station (I already knew that trains stopped after the eathquake) to catch a taxi with my colleague, but we found out that the queue of people were nealy 200 meters and no taxi was coming at all. We gave up and went to get some food to feed ourselves to spend the night at the office.

Me and some of my colleagues whose home are relatively far from the office had to wait the next morning trains. (We assumed that trains would start again next morning.) While waiting for the sunrise we worked in the "chaos" and occasionally watched telly to check the current situation. Then found out about the terrible Tsunami and big fires. It was like, the end of the world. So scary. I think, the most beautiful thing is the nature of this world, but at the same time, the scariest thing is also, the nature.

The next morning (today), me and my colleague took the same train at around 7:30 a.m., burnt out. However, we have been too lucky. We spent the night in a warm place and we had hot meal (although it was cup noodle) and water was fine. At the same time in Tohoku, many people were (and still now) spending the time in cold places and some people lost their family. I shouldn't complain.

Came back home and saw my husband (and this blog's co-owner) Ryoichi, who came back home on foot from some stations away. The thing we are now thinking is to start preparing for the next possible earthquake, this time, seriously.

Keiko

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Hi Keiko
So glad that you and Ryoichi are OK. I've sent you an email
Angela

投稿: Angela | 2011年3月12日 (土) 18時50分

Thank you Angela! We are fine. But many people in Tohoku are in a terrible situation. Will write to you soon. Keiko

投稿: keiko | 2011年3月12日 (土) 19時48分

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