- Posted March 11, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Japan one year later: What’s changed?
One year later earthquake, tsunami: Change has come to Japan.
I upload the first image of disaster area on the public since earthquake, tsunami. I didn't want to upload such this photo. But now I decided to upload on the public. Because people don't forget that day of quake and tsunami.
My family visited to Northeastern Japan - Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate last July. They took many pictures at Sendai, Matsushima, Kesennuma, Ishinomaki, Rikuzen-Takata and Ohfunato.
I chose two photos. There is a lot of debris left untouched YET. A pile of rubble haven't changed a bit. I'm in complete agreement with acceptance of rubble. In my city, Yokohama, mayor has accepted the debris.
Unchanged - Wastes from nuclear power plants may remain radioactive for thousands of years.
It is not clear how the nuke problem will be resolved. But we must not forget the people who work at the nuclear power plants Fukushima. They have now been desperately working since earthquake and tsunami. I really appreciate workers at there. And I keep pray and support what help I can.
The thing is what my experiences in Yokohama Japan on March 11, 2011.
I have never experienced such a big earthquake before or since.
2:46 pm Friday 11th, March 2011 -- 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit northeastern Japan. Also a strong earthquake struck Tokyo, in my Yokohama and another prefecture of near metropolitan area.
I was watching TV in home with my family when hit by a big earthquake. Fortunately, the day was my day off.
My family and I had been evacuated outside.
14:49 -- Stopped first terrible quake, We backed inside our house.
I turned off the gas at the main.
Water supply was safe in my district.
14:50 -- Blackout.
We had about 7 hours blackout. We used flashlights and lantern of candlelights.
We were listening to the radio during the power failure.
All phones and cellphone line went dead for 8 or 9 hours.
About 15:30 -- Absolutely, my laptop and internet disconnected for blackout.
I tweeted on Twitter by my cellphone, "I'm ok, but worry about disaster area" . It was a bad connection.
My cellphone was a shortage of a battery.
Past 21:00 -- The electricity resumed. We turned on TV quickly, and watched news of tsunami video finally.
"What the hell is that? This is the first time. I can't believe..."
I was so scared aftershocks many times, I couldn't eat and sleep at all that night.
3 days after, 14th March -- Telephone service resumed with disaster area.
We could contact our cousin who live in Fukushima, they are ok. And my friend lives in Sendai, she's safe.
We were dying to know for their safety. We reassured that they were safe.
Now I'm still trying to save on electricity. I'm sure I keep do from now on.
The above case CHANGED me that I'm prepared for the worst.