Monday, 14 March 2011

Monday Morning

I haven't written my blog for the past few days as it's been difficult to know what to write. Needless to say, it's been a very confusing time for everyone, with the nightmares of the earthquake on friday and then the threat of a nuclear explosion. We have been monitoring the news and keeping an eye on updates, but it's difficult to know what to do at this point. A lot of English and Americans that we know have decided to leave the country and yesterday there was a sense of mass panic among the foreigners I know here, who were all heading to the airport as quickly as possible. Needless to say, this was quite unnerving. Neil and I decided to go for a walk to clear our heads and get out of the apartment. It was a gorgeously hot and sunny day and the thought that a major earthquake happened only two days earlier, seemed very far away and quite surreal. People were out enjoying the sun, lying on the grass and playing games. It was a stunning day and so hard to imagine that the threat of a nuclear explosion was at all possible. See the photos below.

At this point, we are staying put. Neil has gone into work this morning, and we will be keeping in constant contact with each other. We've been informed that there could be rolling power cuts over the next few days to relieve the power stations, but it all seems very organised and there is a local website giving updates of when and where these could happen and for how long. We are stocked up with candles, as well as a little gas stove and provisions, so think we will be fine!

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