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Transcript from the news right now:

"please do not stop or try to go back, please leave as soon as possible. Please do not try to approach the coastal area. The land might have subsided and dikes may have been broken in March 11 earthquake... tsunami could be higher than expected..."

"...as we have been reporting, at 11.32 local time on Thursday there was an earthquake. The magnitude was approx 7.4. The area which was already affected by the March disaster is more vulnerable. If you are still near the coastal areas, please flee to higher ground..."

"The focus of the quake was off Miyagi, 40 kilometers below the seabed. The meteorological office has issued a tsunami warning for the coastal areas in Miyage, Aomori, Ibarake..."


To put things in perspective, this aftershock was larger than the '95 Kobe earthquake, which killed about 6500 people. Haiti's earthquake was only 7 on the Richter scale. (Only.)

The alarm went off, so I had braced myself for it, but it just kept going. In the end, I went outside, because listening to my furniture shake was too unnerving. There were neighbors on the balcony, and we nodded at each other, frowned in mutual consternation, shook our heads once it was done and went back inside.

The reporting of the Nuclear Crisis is starting to overshadow the heartbreaking humanitarian situation in the North. How is that fair?

If you've ever wanted to ask me for a favour, or something crafty, or a story - I'm willing to sell my soul right now for donations to the Japanese Red Cross. So if you have any requests, let me know.
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