An update from Laurina, a former UniversalGiving team member currently living in Japan.
Just wanted to let everyone know that people here in Shizuoka Prefecture (3 hours away from Tokyo), are doing fine.
We experienced an earthquake on Friday as well when it hit Miyagi Prefecture. Our earthquake was mild – 4.0 on the richter scale. Some students were oblivious and were still playing soccer on the soccer field when the plates were shaking. Windows in our staff room were vibrating, but it didn’t last long. It lasted for maybe a minute or two? The aftershock was mild too.
That said, we had a blackout that day, from the time the earthquake happened (3pm) to 3am. We were kept completely unaware of what was going on in Sendai until a kind friend drove us out to another city where there was electricity. That was when we were bombarded with images of what was going on just northeast of us.
Panic level here is quite high…I suppose. I would say it’s comparitive to 9/11. Bread supply was completely out the very next morning. Things are starting to return to normalcy over here, but we are having scheduled rolling blackouts from 3pm to 7pm.
Well that’s all I have to say for today. It’s not too bad here, and I’m very very thankful. I’m sure food donations up to Miyagi would be appreciated though.