The Aftermath: A Japanese Family’s First Hand Account

By: Mariana Jacob Email
By: Mariana Jacob Email

Reno, NV - “People are still waiting to be rescued in the cold and they don’t have enough food or gas,” says Taro Kanazawa.

Taro and his wife of Australian origin, Corin have been married for seven years. They have two toddlers and shared what used to be a “normal” life.

This week the family of four learnt first hand what it’s like to live in the aftermath of a magnitude 9.0 earthquake. Taro says he felt his car move repeatedly from the left to the right as the quake rumbled underneath.

The Kanazawa’s live about a three hour drive away from Sendai - the area hardest hit by the earthquake. Despite that distance they continue to feel tremors, the last one as recently as Thursday night.

Currently gas is being rationed for the people in the Kanazawa’s neighborhood. The limit allows for only a third of a tank of gas. Supplies like milk and diapers for the children are also hard to come by, that uncertainty is what led the family to send Corin and the kids to Melbourne, Austrailia. They’ll return once the family decides it’s safe.

Taro says although he doesn’t have any family or friends who were hurt in the quake. Some of his business clients were injured. He’s worried about the financial hit many families across the country will soon face.


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