Saturday, March 26, 2011

Two Weeks After The Big One

Well, it has been two weeks since the big quake. Our car has not moved since March 13, but we are well supplied thanks to the internet. About five days ago, the major package delivery companies resumed their routes, so we now have our main staples in stock. The bread machine is set for 6:00AM, and we have a case of canned tomatoes to go with our beans and rice. Maybe not luxury, but feels good.

Tomorrow, we are thinking of taking the car and going into Hitachi for a well deserved break/celebration of the end of Kylie's school year. Hopefully we can get some gasoline there (On Friday morning, there was a 2Km line for gas in Takahagi- and you needed to get a ticket first... Welcome to our Peak Oil simulation!)

The supermarkets are gradually getting better. Every day there seems to be more and more food in them, but still nowhere near the pre-quake levels.

The radiation levels in our area (about 80Km from the plants) have been dropping- keep in mind, they were never into the "dangerous" zone. All the same we have been keeping inside as much as possible of course. Say a prayer for the men who are working to fix the leaks up in Fukushima.

I don't know why, but it seems that every Saturday evening there are larger aftershocks than other days. We had two shindo 4 quakes this evening.

1 comment:

  1. Well, we're still thinking of ya'll back here. The Aikido style I practice has its home in Iwama, and the dojo there was damaged pretty heavily. So we talk about that at least a little after each class...
    I really appreciate the reflections you have - they do bring home the possibilities.