Friday, March 11, 2011
Thank you to everyone who has sent well wishes. I realised that although I'd been tweeting and had posted on Facebook after the quake, not everyone perhaps follows me there so I should post an update here as well. I can tell you that we definitely felt the earthquake here in Tokyo. It was the biggest one I've ever felt in all my years here in Japan. Our apartment shook quite dramatically for what seemed a very long time. The cats were awoken from their nap and were rather unsure exactly what was going on. But otherwise we're fine. We're far enough away from the epicenter, and far enough inland that there was very little damage in our area. You'll be glad to know also that my bookshelves survived intact. H joked that it's because they are so jammed full and heavy they couldn't fall down, but it was something to see them swaying.
All the trains in Tokyo stopped running after the earthquake (although some did start up again in the late evening) so H had to walk home from work, which takes about an hour on foot. Many of the millions of people who commute to Tokyo though were stranded and unable to go home. So we were lucky. We especially felt so after watching the images on TV and online of all the devastation caused by the tsunami further north. We'd been glued to the TV for hours but finally had to turn it off a little while ago. So very sad. Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected.
Image from BBC News