地震

You’ve all probably heard the news about the earthquake.  Things are really terrible along the coast and up north, but my area is fine.  The earthquake registered about a 5.5 here, and the aftershocks had magnitudes of around 3 or 4.  We definitely felt them, but buildings aren’t falling or anything.  My city is only experiencing relatively minor inconveniences- our power and gas was turned off overnight, trains were stopped and now are running irregularly, and the mobile networks overloaded, so making calls was impossible and now just takes some time.

I don’t know if you’ve been getting the same video footage as us, but the damage looks incredible.  A few hours after the initial earthquake, the news stations began keeping track on-screen of the number of people who had died.  The death-toll was at 22 when I started watching the news, but the count went up to 39, then 47, and continued until they just started printing “over 200”, “over 400”.  Now the dead/missing are numbered at over 1600.

These videos are from Japanese news stations.  They’re all in Japanese, but you don’t really need to understand what they’re saying.

There were gas fires in a lot of places; the numbers at the top right of the screen are the numbers of the dead and missing.  This entire town is on fire.

The tsunami waves came in from the ocean and moved entire buildings.

There were avalanches in Nagano and Niigata after the second earthquake this morning.

The media reads the names, ages and hometowns of every person confirmed dead.

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