Biggest Damage Ever, Possibly

Posted March 14th, 2011 in Japan 5 Comments »

As I mentioned before, this is the biggest earthquake happened in Japan and I can’t imagine the damage on eastern coast of Japan.  I saw video of huge tsunami swallowing houses, cars, and people who were running away from the wave.  Thinking about people who lost their family in this disaster, I just can’t think it to be the other people’s affairs.

The earthquake is still happening right now over there.  Many people have lost their houses .. and everything.  I could finally contact my friend who lives in Hokkaido – she said that all the mail delivery service has been stopped, and all the transportation, including freeway, ferry and train, are disconnected between Hokkaido island and Honshu (main) island.  People are afraid that they may run out of provisions.  My friends in Tokyo also told me that on the day earthquake hit Tokyo, they couldn’t go back home until midnight.

Two days ago, my mum told me that she had lost contact with her friend who went back to Fukushima to see his family one day before the earthquake.  As you know, Fukushima has the nuclear plant and is one of the most affected area.  My mum thought he was involved in this disaster, but he contacted her yesterday saying that he is ok as well as his family.

I hear that Japanese government had asked residents in Tohoku area (東北地方)to evacuate from the house, but most of the people who couldn’t make it or were still in their houses were elderlies.  Watching the news of rescuing elderlies from the crushed houses is devastating…

Yes, Japan is one of the richest and highly industrialised country, but this earthquake has caused a huge financial cost to the Japanese government, businesses and individuals.  And, Japan had sent earthquake experts to New Zealand to help victims over there few weeks ago.  I hope those experts were already in Japan or on the way back there.

If someone would like to make a donation, here are some websites :

The World Vision Japan Disaster Appeal

Save the Children Australia Japan Earthquake Appeal

Redcross Australia

(photos from CNN News & GlobalGiving)

5 Comments on “Biggest Damage Ever, Possibly”

  1. 1 Megan said at 12:53 pm on March 14th, 2011:

    Hi Ume
    It’s impossible to understand – totally heartbreaking.
    All those beautiful people and places that we love so much. I wish I could do something.

  2. 2 Anna said at 3:05 pm on March 14th, 2011:

    Hi Ume
    This is just devastating – Japan is such a beautiful country! There’s just been too many disasters lately.. I often wonder what is the world coming to.
    I’m glad to hear that your family members are safe and sound. Hopefully things will get better for Japan and its people.

  3. 3 Henrik said at 4:03 pm on March 14th, 2011:

    Hi. Ive been following your site recently, love your recepies!
    Thou this is really sad and bothering, I’m living in Tokyo, even that Tokyo been pretty okey many here is so worried and many of my friends has left Tokyo either for Kansai area or returning home to Europe/USA. Hope it will be fine soon.

  4. 4 umepontarou said at 9:25 am on March 17th, 2011:

    Thanks everyone, I’m so grateful to hear those kind words…
    Henik, hope you will be ok over there too.

  5. 5 PJ said at 5:27 pm on March 14th, 2011:

    It was heartbreaking, but great to hear your family and friend are safe.

    Hope you and the little one are doing well too.

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