Tokyo report 1- After The Earthquake
A huge earthquake shock Japan on the 11th of March. The fear continues since then. Not only successive aftershocks but other problems one after another.
I like to record all the incidents happening here in Tokyo, in Japan as much as possible.
One warm afternoon in March, suddenly the earthquake shock the island. It was just before 3pm when I felt something unusual in my office which is the last floor of the building.
First I thought it was me feeling rocked because of the tiredness. Then I realised it wasn't me.
I've never tried but it must feel like that if you stand on a jelly, those colourful ones the kids would eat. The office waved just like that.
Because we've been seeing the images of the buildings falling down in NZ during the quake, although it must've been much safer to remain inside the office, we all went outside. Perhaps even without the disaster in NZ, we would have been out anyway.
The instinct rushed me into running away as far as possible.
The director of the company himself was scared.
He directed us to go home then left the office first.
It gave me some sort of impression of our company's future…
In the meantime, I was still in the office, I mean I couldn't leave the office.
Japan is a country of earthquakes and well prepared but actually the big cities like Tokyo have less resistance. Trains and tubes had stopped immediately. I thought about getting a taxi but the streets were full of cars, all rushing to get home.
I had no choice other than staying in the office and watching TV news to get more information about the quake.
… The images coming out from the screen gave me the confusion, as if it was like unrealistic Hollywood films done with lots of CG.
Sanriku coast near the seismic centre of this earthquake is famous for its beautiful saw-toothed coastline and is a popular touristic spot.However this time, that coastline became a deathblow as it actually increased the power of the tsunami.
The waves suddenly grew bigger and wiped out the cars (probably people too) parked in a parking tower. In the below level, streets and houses were being swallowed in a muddy stream in such a short time.
Was it a mass media spirit or simply they wanted higher audience ratings, all TV stations continued showing tragic images.
Now I understand what terror exactly means…. this.
I was in Tokyo, more than 200km away from the seismic centre, and yet the fear crept up my body.
200-300 of dead bodies had been found on the shore, the news reported.
It was terrible enough to sacrifice, then the mayor of one the devastated cities announced…
“The victims will reach more than 10,000”.
I always think of the worst case of scenario.
When I heard 200-300 of death, I immediately thought of at least 10 times more of victims from the images showing on TV. I was stunned as if someone hit my head hard when I heard the mayor.
On the 17th of March, the number of victims are much higher than that mayor predicted, by today, more than 15,000 people are dead or missing.
I don't feel this real.
I saw someone's saying in his blog,
"Japanese people won't give up."
Many Japanese people would've been encouraged by his word.
Only if there was another menace waiting for us after tsunami….
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