Literally thousands of people have visited my blog over the last couple of days, and I have had many messages from strangers, concerned about their loved ones in Shizuoka Prefecture. So, I thought I’d just give you an idea of the geography of it all:
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The earthquake and Tsunami have mainly affected Miyagi (4), Fukushima (7) and Iwate (3). People have shown concern about Aomori (1) and Ibaraki (8). While the quake was felt in many other places throughout Japan, including Shizuoka (22), we are not at any immediate risk in Shizuoka. As far as I know, damage has been reported as far down the east coast as Kanagawa (14), where Yokohama is situated, and of course in Tokyo (13) too.
The tsunami warning along the east cast remains “advisory”, but it does seem to be calming down now.
I hope this post helps to reassure those people who have contacted me about their loved ones in Shizuoka Prefecture. Everything seems fine here! Thank you for your concern! 🙂
One more thing to mention, for fellow British nationals living abroad (in Japan or elsewhere), I really do advise you to register with “Locate”, a service run by the Foreign Office. You can find information about it here. Locate actually called me this morning to check I wasn’t in any trouble. I really appreciate getting their call.