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Many Kesennuma evacuees fled tsunami by car : National : DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE The Daily Yomiuri

”However, people probably jumped into their cars because they wanted to escape as quickly as possible.” No s**t, Sherlock! Ya think? Ya think they maybe knew a tsunami was on the cards soon after an earthquake like that?

More examples of people taking their own initiative.

The Kesennuma municipal government had called on its citizens to evacuate on foot whenever an earthquake occurred.  However, people probably jumped into their cars because they wanted to escape as quickly as possible.

Cars were also necessary to evacuate elderly people and children, and some evacuation sites were a fair distance away.

On March 11, a tsunami swept over the city’s streets and a number of bodies were found in cars inundated by the tsunami.  A municipal government official said, “Learning from this, we want to expand the width of roads and set up large parking lots at evacuation centers.”

Asked how they received evacuation orders on the day of the disaster, 54 percent said they got them through the local administration’s disaster-prevention wireless system; 9 percent from the radio; 6 percent from cell phones; 3 percent from TV and 17 percent said they did not hear any warning. Among the four districts in Kesennuma, 34 percent of people living in the Motoyoshi district said they did not hear any warning.

The municipal government had set up receivers in houses in areas with poor wireless reception. However, some of these receivers may not have worked due to a power outage or because they became disconnected. The survey was conducted to provide the basic data to develop a restoration plan.

via Many Kesennuma evacuees fled tsunami by car : National : DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE The Daily Yomiuri.

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While Japan frets over nuclear fears, garbage piles up in cities – Washington Times

A reminder that, gripping and terrifying tho it is, only one person at Fukushima so far has died (and that was because a crane fell on him, not because of radioactive poisoning).  The death-toll from the earthquake/tsunami, on the other hand, is around 20,000 and still rising.

As a commenter on the BNC blog wrote, “If you look at the media coverage you’d almost think all the misery is caused by the Fukushima plants while in reality, the real deaths and misery are caused by a devastating tsunami and earthquake.”

Around the Shark Museum in downtown Kesennuma, a coastal city of 73,000 residents about 150 miles north of Tokyo, it looks like the tsunami hit yesterday – not 18 days ago.

On a sunny afternoon, a few survivors wearing masks and gloves sift through the debris of what used to be their homes or shops. Twisted poles, jagged beams and tossed ships remain after a series of tsunamis reorganized civilization into piles of chaos.

Amid the stench of rotting corpses and more than two-weeks-old garbage, it’s hard for the disoriented, the drunken and the homeless not to faint and fall over in the street

“Most people are still too scared to even come down here and look at this,” says Takeshi Utsumi, whose downtown electronics shop was swept away along with most everything else in the low-lying half of Kesennuma in Miyagi prefecture. “We can’t even begin to think about rebuilding our lives here.”

While politicians in Japan’s parliamentary Diet in Tokyo debate how to deal with the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima nuclear reactor, many survivors in this coastal city still are just trying to find food, water and warm blankets.

via While Japan frets over nuclear fears, garbage piles up in cities – Washington Times.

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