Shocked South Africans tell of Japan quake

2011-03-13 10:18
Carel van Renen (Rapport)

Carel van Renen (Rapport)

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Carel van Renen, a teacher in Tokyo

"I was on my way to work in my car. There was no rumbling…everything just started shaking. At first I thought the wheels were falling off. People ran out of their homes and everything shook around me."

"When it was over, I drove to the kindergarten where I was to teach and along with the teachers I tried to calm down the children on the playground outside. Just then, the next big tremor came…"

"To see the fear on the faces of the adults upset me a bit because the Japanese are 'used' to earthquakes. It is difficult to describe the situation across the whole country. For example, I was unable to sleep because there were another more than 50 tremors."

"The shop shelves are becoming emptier…fuel is also running out, so I'm back on my bike."

Carina van der Watt and Dr Stephan van der Watt, Tokushima:

"Words can't describe it...not even images can. Shortly after the first tremor, we ensured all our emergency supplies were ready. Sendai is completely devastated. The hills there are surrounded by water."

"People are trapped and are surviving on melted snow for water. They have to spend another night in fear and insecurity. Some are trapped on the roofs of buildings, in icy water. We were thrown on the floor but not destroyed."

Neal Muragan from Johannesburg, in the Nagano Prefecture

"I'm ok, but badly shocked. The atmosphere is sombre. The aftershocks keep coming. Two of over 6. We barely sleep, our nerves are shot. Sendai has been destroyed. Japanese officials are extremely well-organised, well-prepared."

"There are teams checking the gas and electricity lines. Sorry for the stammering. I'm not sleeping. I'm in tremendous shock."

 

 

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