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Journal Diary: Japanese Triple Disaster, March 11, 2012, by Sean Fernandez

Journal Entry 1

March 11, 2012

9:25 AM

Today on this typical Sunday, I awoke to the sound of cars honking and a blaring alarm clock. Dang, I forgot to turn off my alarm for this morning last night. Sundays are always a special day for me because today I get the chance to relax from work and school.  I do miss the U.S, but transferring here to my current school near Natori City has been exciting if not one of the best experiences in my life so far. It is always nice to hear from my friends and family back in the states through e-mails and phone calls but every now and then, I long to see them in person. I know I miss them but now I’m starting to realize just how much I miss them. I can’t wait for the summer when I can go back. But for now, today is my day of rest.

2:43 PM

I could’ve sworn I felt the ground shake. I’m not crazy because I see all of my neighbors outside looking quite confused. I think it’s time I practice my Japanese and have a little chat.

3:10 PM

I think it has just begun. The first of many earthquakes are beginning to come. I can clearly see the furniture moving and panic is really starting to kick in. I have never been in an earthquake situation before and from seeing a lot of  movies, I think I’m supposed to be hiding underneath a table or something. Oh man. It is really getting worse. I can hear some screams outside. Why are you guys doing outside? Maybe that might be a better idea.

March 16

1:10 PM

It’s been awhile since I’ve written in this journal but a lot has happened this past week. I don’t even know where to begin. The death toll is high and doesn’t seem to stop increasing from what the U.S Marines have been telling us. I’ve lost my home and belongings and many of us have been displaced to locations dubbed as safe. There have been streams of reports of secondary earthquakes all around Japan. Everything is in chaos and I don’t know how much I can stand this. All I can do is try to help in any way I can.  What else can I do?

7:33 PM

The cold brisk air is not making these days any better for not only me but for everyone around me. For once, I truly feel helpless and hopeless. The tsunamis following the deadly earthquakes damaged the lands. From what I heard, there has been a leak of radiation in Fukushima Daiichi Plant. I just hope the world can help us in these dark times.


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