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Japan Earthquake, Diary from Sendai (Part II)

Japan Earthquake, Diary from Sendai (Part II)

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Published by Braven Smillie
Here is the second in a series recounting my family's experience in Sendai, Japan, during and after the earthquake.
Here is the second in a series recounting my family's experience in Sendai, Japan, during and after the earthquake.

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Published by: Braven Smillie on Mar 15, 2011
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DiaryfromSendai,Japan(PartII)
March11,2011
byBravenSmillie
 
 
Somehomesandneighborhoodsweredamagedmorethanothers.
Whenthefloorandwallshadstoppedtwistingandjolting,therewasawoozy,slowswayingoftheground.Neitherclearlyhorizontal,verticalorperiodic,itproducedanoddsensationsomethinglikestandingonsolidgroundafterdaysorweeksatsea.IcalledtomywifeChiakiagain.Findingthatshewasunhurt,Itrottedoutintoalightsnowfallandheadedtowardthenearbyelementaryschool,whereIimaginedI’dfindmydaughtersTinaandElenaenjoyingabreakfromclassesout
 
ontheplayground.Idonotknowwhymyfirstthoughtwasn’tadesperateneedtoseeandprotectthemimmediately.Ididn’trun,butstrolleddowntotheschool,handsinpockets,jinglingkeys.AsImovedthroughthestreet,Isteppedoversmallcompressedripplesandrupturesinthepavementeverywhere.Isawfinebutserious-lookingstructuralcracksinwalls,scrambledroofingtilesandbrokenwindows.Somehomeswerespareddamage,somenot.Noonewascallingout.Isawnooneonthestreet.Andthelightdustingofsnowdampenedallnoise.Attheplayground,thechildrenwerefilingoutofthefive-storybuildinginorderlyfire-drillstyle.Itwasfreezingcoldandsnowingafterhavingbeenwarminthemorning,sonoonehaddressedwarmlyenough.Iwalkedaroundtheassembledgroupofabout200studentsandfeltabitfrustratedasIcouldn’tfindmydaughters,orevenidentifyanyofthekidsIknow.Nonesmiledorwavedatmeastheyusuallydo.Theyweredifficulttodistinguish,andnotjustbecausetheywereeachwearingastandard-issuesilver-grayfireretardantheadcovering.Therewassomethingelsecommonintheirappearance.Everykidhadthesamemask-likefacialexpression–athousand-yardstarethatisastonishingtoseeonachild.IfinallyidentifiedElena,myseven-year-oldandwenttoholdontoherandmaybeclownaroundalittletocheerherup.Shewasshivering,soItriedtogivehermycoat.Shesaid,“I'mnotshakingbecauseI’mcold,it’s...that...”andshecouldn’tdescribeit.Itdawnedonmethenthatthesekidswereallinshock,probablyforthefirsttime.Imadeherputonmyjacket,andweheldontoeachotheraswesquattedonthesandyturf.

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Shalini Shrivastava added this note
A chilling narattion....heart wenching story......only a person who has undergone a natural disaster can actually feel the pain and shock of these kids
soumee added this note
its one of d gr8st disasters the world has faced....n especially japan....its very unfortunate n heart wrenchin 2 c dat most of d places in japan are in rumbles.....
SyncOrSwim added this note
Be well, Braven. Good strength to you and yours.
LauraNovak added this note
This is so chilling. I remember the water percolating through the ground in the Marina in SF where I lived and where we waited for instructions from the Mayor (those of us now homeless.) I look forward to reading more. The fire retardant hats, the stare and shock in the kid's faces. Chilling.
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