Between 5pm yesterday and now (10:30am), there had been an astounding 200 aftershocks, magnitudes ranging from 1 to 6. Thankfully I live on the first floor and thus spared from the incessant shakes and trembles. After I went to bed at 3am last night, I was woken up by three emergency mails that warned us of the potentially strong imminent vibrations. I grabbed my glasses and stood up, ready to leave my room anytime, but fortunately, or unfortunately, there wasn’t much vibration. As I went back to bed, I felt some little vibrations, but as I tried to go back to sleep, I was left wondering whether they were real aftershocks or mere illusions.

As I went out to buy some breakfast this morning, the 24-hour McDonalds was closed and the shelves of convenience stores were almost empty. It then dawned upon me the reality of the potential problem the lack of food products in the days to come due to the destruction of the farms in the affected prefectures.

The news and the images and videos are all really depressing, as they showed the aftermath of the earthquake after one day. Houses, cars, and virtually everything being swept away. I do not have any relatives or friends living in the most affected prefectures but as I watch the interviews of the affected, or the relatives of the casualties and affected, it just left me wondering if there is anything I could do…

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