Damage

I’m finally back on the internet again after almost a week. Things are starting to get semi-normal. We have power, internet, and telephone (land line and cell). We still don’t have water yet (so I’m probably pretty stinky now), and most of the stores are still closed, so getting food can be a bit difficult sometimes. We still have enough to eat though. We also can’t get any gasoline, and the trains are not even close to running any time soon. It’s not so bad though, considering how some people are having a much worse time right now.

Anyways here’s some photos of the damage around my neighborhood. It’s nowhere near as bad as some of the stuff you’ve probably seen on TV. In fact it’s kind of trivial compared to the tsunami damage.The first three are at our house. The earthquake almost toppled the wall behind our house.

It’s actually very lucky that it fell away from the house. Below is a stone ornament thing in our garden. The earthquake just shattered it to pieces.

During the earthquake I was standing near it, and didn’t even notice it falling down (or the wall for that matter). Everything was shaking so much and for so long, I thought it was never going to end. I could barely even stand up. I had to hold onto a post, but I still had problems keeping my feet on the ground. It was easily the most terrifying thing I’ve ever experienced.

Below is several photos of my immediate neighborhood.

Most of the worst damage was to older buildings. Below a temple gate fell right over.

Some of the streets just cracked right open. When I was driving the other day I saw a crack in the road almost half a foot wide. Also I saw a section where the road sank over a foot! These are smaller ones just down the street from my house.

Since the earthquake we’ve experienced almost constant aftershocks.  Some quite substantial too. In fact some of the aftershocks have been stronger than earthquakes we’ve had before. Thankfully it’s starting to settle down to one or two every couple of hours. So that’s the current up date as it stands so far.

Oh by the way I forgot to mention that the inside of our house was completely trashed. Stuff was everywhere, and a lot of it was broken. One thing that surprised me was one of our heavy shelves actually had moved a foot and a half sideways! Also our fridge toppled over and hit a shelf . I found it sitting diagonal with the doors wide open and the food all over the ground.

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13 responses to “Damage

  1. Damn…I’m sorry to see that kind of damage. Glad you guys are ok, though. I hope everyone in your neighborhood is all right.

  2. Ku Ri Su

    Glad to hear that everything is okay (well sorta). Say hello to Yurie for me. How is her family holding up? I am assuming that your work is giving you time off?

    Thanks for posting the pictures. Hang in there.

    Chris

  3. tornadoes28

    I t is good to hear you made it through in ok shape. We were worried. I can’t imagine what it felt like experiencing a 9.0 earthquake. The biggest earthquake I lived through was a 6.8 which was plenty frightening. Hang in there and I hope you don’t run out of toilet paper.

  4. Jeff

    Whew! We had a 4.3 earthquake here in Ontario/Quebec yesterday, so we know what you’re going through. Kidding of course. Glad to know you guys are OK. It’s incredible, and really sad, that the tsunamis were able to trivialize that kind of damage.

  5. I’m glad to hear you and your family are OK. But I can feel how terrified you were! I’m worried you haven’t got enough support due to the lack of transportation ( and lack of leadership of Japanese leaders!!!) I’m so sorry. I hope things go better soon and you have a quiet life as before.

    • I’m really worried about transportation too. The trains aren’t moving at all, and there almost no gasoline for people to buy. I also find that Japan’s government is doing a pretty poor job.

  6. Keith

    one of the first things I said to Rita after we found out you guys were ok was ” I bet your DVD/Book collection is all over the place.”

  7. Thank goodness you and your family are all safe from harm. Reading your blog it sort of given me a glimmer of hope that my friend, her husband and family in Miyagi are all safe. I can only hope and pray.

    Thank you for updating, its good to know all is ok with you. Things will get better soon, I am sure.

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