Well been a bit since I posted anything car related but as many people re aware of the HUGE earthquake so I`ve been kept busy. I`m fortunate to be located in the western part of Tokyo rather than the north eastern Tohoku area which was ravaged by the quake and worse, a HUGE tsunami.
For my account:
I was at school serving students some snacks with the other teacher and then all of a sudden the ground started to sway. It was quiet gentle at first but suddenly felt like I was on boat. First off I`m located about 300km from the origin of the Tohoku earthquake which tells you the magnitude of this quake.
After all the children were under the tables we just rode it out. Soon after we thought it was safe to come out then the after shocks started so back under the students went. I`ve felt a number of quakes which usually last a few seconds but this lasted for almost a minute and a half. After getting the students settled and ready to load the bus home, it was dismissal time, I turned on the local TV on my phone to check the earthquakes magnitude and affected areas. Here is an example of what I was checking:
After seeing what hit, I changed the channel to see the relentless tsunami that was attacking the Tohoku area, fire of a refinery in Chiba, and later the next day the news of the Fukushima reactors.
In brief, after the first 2 days people were rushing to get fuel, and other supplies such as non perishable food, toilet paper, water etc. So the panic combined with store stock delays because of fuel shortage / highway closure caused a separate set of problems in the Tokyo area. Tokyo power had also announced scheduled blackouts to reserve power which fuels the panic more, so no batteries, flashlights, or even candles to be found.
Interestingly enough with all the panic and limited supplies, the Japanese keep a really calm attitude.