At that time, I was at home and felt the quake. Though it was not so strong and we had no damage here in Kyoto, it continued about a couple of minutes and made me sick.
According to today's newspaper, 6548 people are confirmed dead, and another 10,000 people are still missing. Countless people are in shelters and we all are worried about their health due to lack of food, drink, medicine, and heating supplies (it's pretty cold these days and snowing...)
Of course we have sent lots of donations including food, drink, clothes, blankets, and daily necessities from all over Japan (and thanks God, we had lots of donations from all over the world!!), but some roads are crushed and there are still some people who are isolated.
Besides that, what bothers us most is that we are running out of gas out there. Even though we have huge amount of quake aid piled up in the storages, we have very little ways to deliver them.
I believe professional rescue teams (including some foreign teams!!) are doing their best, but at this point, no volunteers (except those who live near the disaster-stricken area and have cars with enough fuel) are allowed to go there as to prevent ourselves from being refugees, so all we can do now is to pray for the survivors to hang in there until lifeline will be back.
Another thing is that due to the rolling power outages, Tokyo and surrounding areas (yellow part of the map above) are asked to spend hours without any electricity.
And, of course, the nuclear problem. As you might already know, we are facing the risk of nuclear leak.
I felt so powerless.... I've never felt like that people are as small as an ant.
But it was no one but the survivors who encourages me. When I watched TV helplessly, did nothing but sobbing, a man, who survived the Tsunami but lost his home and was searching debris mound looking for his family, told the interviewer "we have to face up and move on! Now we have no choice but to ask favors to others, but we will promise to get over it and rebuilt the city again!"
People are people. Not an ant.
We have power. All of you give us the power!!!
And, this photo from a newspaper (Yomiuri Shinbun Newspaper dated Mar. 15 photographed by Hiroto Sekiguchi) I'm not sure if it is okay to show you this picture on the net (in terms copyright), but I would really like to let you know that we have hope!
The 4-month-old baby was rescued form a flooded house after 68 hours the Tsunami hit. Isn't it a miracle!? Isn't this a great picture!?
Now, we also worry about animals there. Lots of pets are missing, might be trembling and starving, looking for their owners. The official animal rescue team and some private rescue teams have already been there and struggling for saving animals.
This is what we've seen on TV. (I heard that these dogs are saved and taken care by a vet now.)
All animal lovers (including me!!!) are trying to figure out what we can do to help animals. I myself set up a website regarding pet rescue. I don't know what I can do now, but I feel that we all are united, and very positive!!!
Thank you very much those who care about us and gave me comments on the previous post.
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We love you all!!!!!!!!!! I'll keep update sometime soon!