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This is one kind of sadness of human era, yet this is done by all natural power of earth (except Fukushima nuclear power plant). One can be wise if possible to learn the same wisdom as these people who actually faced the event seen on Youtube.

Asakusa had only minor damage in limited nubmer of old wooden house. Tokyo bay area, mainly Urayasu, got liquefaction (liquid type of dirt comes up from underneath, which is not due to drain damage). 30km north of downtown Tokyo, say Omiya, had their Japanese style roof (kawara-yane) fell off.
When something sad, terrible, difficult happened to us, we tend to think it is not fair. But in the end, what end? we have to use our most careful thoughtful mind to consider, probably it takes 10 years or even 50 years to understand, but in the end, it DOES pay off. All burdens we experience look like unnecessary items at the moment, but it surely will change its shape becoming food of our soul/heart. Everyone (no exception) can learn this life-theory from someone's experience, but if you were crying over someone's sadness, if you felt worry for someone's facing difficulties, you are the one who can complete your mission of life. All 7 billions people are no difference to us ourselves. Thanks for all the kind passion and compassion.
Who says that Japan is unique country? Only the country which became this rich in culture after being destroyed down to zero (WW2)? All the nation and all the area around the world is the same (again, no exception). Despite location, era, sex, age, belief, financial or whatever status, single or married, single-parent or lost-both-parents, job or jobless, with paper/license or without, if we could hang in there with our teeth gritted, yes, endurance we need to overcome all the difficulties, yes, love we need to share to conquer the sadness, hopefully with vision of love and vision of peace in full color in each of our brains, we can reach there in the end (actually right at this moment). Good example drama/movie is Oshin which, believe or not, only happened just 100 years ago here in Japan.
Regardless all 50 nuke power plants all over Japan are either shut-down or under maintenance (some already restarted!), OK (^_^) maybe it sounds like joke, but if you need a personal shelter capsule, here's some your life savers, SAFE+, Shelter-HIKARI, PUCA-PUCA when earthquake or tsunami happened. Be careful, though, when fire occurs! The year 2011 had more than 10,500 earthquakes in Japan which was more than 7 - 8 times of normal year. After some years of "earth movement" we would like to believe that the plate tectonics activity already got calm down.
Fukushima Daiichi (Number One) Nuclear Power Plant Live Camera can be seen at this page. Watching this does not ease pain, but at least you can find that it is under control?! And you can actually see the plant by your own eyes from a public bus transportation (cannot open window, of course not) => JR bus.
Worries a lot since you know someone here in Japan? You may check most updated earthquake report at Kishocho (Meteological Agency).
Tokyo is trying to control the usage of electric power especially in hot summer days. So far no sudden black-out (power shortage) happened yet, but it is said to be safe and stable if not exceeded 95 percent (consumption/supply) which you may check this page every hour every day. We are noticing that these recent year has green-house phenomenon which makes whole 3 months of June-July-August somewhat August-August-August (super hot months!). Nothing to do with weather, but TEPCO's stock fell to 1/10th one time (JPY2,000 => JPY200).
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology is monitoring the figure/number of radioactivity level in every prefecture (state/province), and it looks like some places are worse than Chernobyl. Have to listen your own heart, not always (many times?) government is right. MAFF (Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries) prohibited the rice planting in the red zone (dead zone?). Daily radioactivity level is available on this page. Amazingly, still rain and dust (called Fallout) are contaminated with Cs-134 and Cs-137 in many parts of estern Japan (including Tokyo), which you can find on this page. Japan is paying a lot, not only money.......
Better not to visit this area and not to live long in this area if you are young (physically growing age), please. Fukushima prefecture radioactivity measurement map is available at this page. Some of our relatives are there living for this long even after the leak of Fukushima nuclear plants, saying their life (including ancestors and spirits) is based there in Fukushima, very Japanese and/or Asian way of viewing the fact. Our ancestors' spirits are with the soil there. Tokyo's updated results can be found at this page.
Odaiba has Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park where you can learn and experience the great earthquake of M8.0.
Ikebukuro Bosaikan has facilities called Earthquake Simulation Section where you can experience the great mega giant earthquake similar or more JMA (Japanese Meteorological Agency) Seismic Intensity of March 11th, 2011. Are you ready? Here's PDF in English. There is a direct bus service (TOEI BUS) #63 and #64 from Asakusa to Ikebukuro.
Clips below are REAL and surreal, those who had not yet experienced near-death can learn a lot from the event. You don't know them? They are not your friends nor families nor relatives?
Souma Map
Minami-Sanriku Map
Kamaishi Map
Sendai Aoba-ku Map
Shinjuku West Exit Map
Kamaishi Map
Urayasu Map
KeSenNuma Map
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