Four years now since Japan’s unprecedented triple disasters- 1/2(CORRECTED)

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Mar 11, 2015 23:43
On March 11, Japan marked the fourth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Four years ago today, we were hit by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake. A horrendous tsunami ensued, which crippled the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, causing the meltdown of three nuclear reactors.

I’d like to write a little about my experience and the current situation.

It was 2:46 on a Friday afternoon when the earthquake occurred. I was at work. First we kept working like it was business as usual, but the tremors didn't stop. When the fluorescent lights hanging from the ceiling started to swing wildly, some of us in the office, including me, hid under our desks. It was the biggest and longest earthquake that I have ever experienced.

A notification email was sent to employees to go home early because all the trains and metros had stopped in the Tokyo Metropolitan area. I ended up staying overnight in the office with many other people.

In the Tokyo Metropolitan area, more than five million people faced difficulty in returning home. Pedestrian streets were jam-packed with people who ventured to walk home. On the roads, bumper-to-bumper traffic congestion lasted until the next day.

I didn't know any of this until I got home the next morning and turned on TV. I was stunned by what I saw on the screen. A black tsunami was engulfing towns, villages, and people, destroying everything in its path―roads, bridges, buildings, houses, cars. I couldn't believe it was real. I was shocked and saddened that our country had been hit by another horrible natural disaster on an unprecedented scale.

For the next two or three days, there were no other programs on TV besides reports on the disaster. No regular commercials were running, either.
(This entry has already been corrected and revised.)

Continued in 2/2
東日本大震災から4年 -その1