There was a major earthquake today in Japan in the North just off the coast of Sendai. Reports at the moment are saying it is somewhere between magnitude 8.4 and 8.9. Every time I hear the figure it seems to go higher and higher.
I was out at the time and felt the street underneath me shake a lot. Everyone seemed a bit panicked and made a run for the middle of the street. I thought it seemed more dangerous to maybe get run over by traffic than it was to be flattened by a building.
Here are a few photos I snapped from my iPhone. So far the news looks fairly ok for Tokyo, mainly with a few fires, and transportation problems. Up North there are tsunami waves moving through villages and airports. The TV coverage tends to show the worst of a disaster, although it is real. On the street here in Tokyo at least, I can say people are helping each and other and hoping it is not too bad up North.
Phones were down for a long time, but mails / twitter etc were able to keep people in touch. Very convenient.
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