Sunday, March 20, 2011

A week has passed

A week has passed since the earthquake hit the areas including Sanriku Coast, but many people in the afflicted areas are still facing a crisis of life. Never had it happened before. Larger shelters began to receive enough relief supplies, but small isolated shelters didn't. We can do nothing for them.

It seems that the present situation of the nuclear power plants is getting better.

In the morning on the 17th, I saw foreign people with their luggage in my train. I supposed that they returned home or moved to the western areas of Japan. Meanwhile, we commuted by train as usual.

I don't see what all the fuss is about. I'm sympathetic to feelings of people living in Fukushima Prefecture where the nuclear power plants are built. However, most people think it's impossible we could be exposed to a high level of radiation in Tokyo. Compared to it, having an X-ray is more dangerous. Many people were exposed to atomic-bomb radiation in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, so we have some knowledge of the effects of radiation.

In the evening on the 17th, train services were disrupted due to partial or full suspension of them. Because Japanese minister of economy, trade and industry announced that a massive blackout might occur in the Tokyo metropolitan area.
We formed a line and waited for our trains silently. I had been standing at Yokohama Station 50 minutes waiting my train to come.

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