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Wow, did I pick a good day to leave work early to run errands.

Here in western Kanagawa things aren't really affected much (except for transit), though they did evacuate us from the shopping center (twice) when the biggest quakes were happening. They were only about 4s down here. It wasn't until I walked home and turned on the tv that I realized how strong the quakes were (are? the aftershocks are still going up north). The cell phone networks went down for several hours, so I didn't get any of the emergency emails (really useful system, there). Now I'm just watching the news with cold dread, as both of the areas I used to live are in bad areas. and the running ticker of fatalities at the bottom of the screen is just.... It doesn't help that they aren't really updating much, and it's all in Japanese.

(warning for black, black humor)
I secretly wonder if the newstations keep cameras filming the various newsrooms just so they have footage to roll immediately when a quake hits. Seriously, every single strong earthquake news coverage involves flying papers and panicking office flunkies.
Also, newscasters in emergency helmets, from near the epicenter but still working: devotion to duty I will never have.

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cairnsy
Mar. 11th, 2011 10:29 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad. I still mentally had you living up north, so I was definitely worried. I hope everyone you knew in that part of Japn is ok.

I secretly wonder if the newstations keep cameras filming the various newsrooms just so they have footage to roll immediately when a quake hits. Seriously, every single strong earthquake news coverage involves flying papers and panicking office flunkies.

I know! One shot even showed a journalist under her desk reaching up and still typing while the quake was actually happening. Twitter exclusive?

*hugs* Black humor is often the healthiest way of dealing with this sort of thing. We've certainly used it here in New Zealand to deal with the Christchurch earthquake.

malnisst
Mar. 11th, 2011 12:19 pm (UTC)
I think reporters here have to have nerves of steel or something. They were showing scenes of flooding, and the cameras and reporters were going towards the water, not away.
Since apparently the TV stations can't come up with good computer models/graphics, the reporters all have color maps of the affected regions with helpful labels, which they hold up to the camera while talking, since the maps are all like A3 or smaller.

(serious)
I've had to turn the TV off and try not to think about how cold it is up north w/o power or that the quakes hit right around the time kids were heading home from school. (Japanese schools are almost all emergency shelters, and thus really good places to be in an earthquake.)

traykor
Mar. 11th, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you are all right. Stay safe. I will be at a concert until fairly late my time, but will get on when I get home to see if you are on and want to chat. Do you want me to call your folks or Chloe?
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