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Japan: In Tokyo after the Earthquake

This post is part of our special coverage Japan Earthquake 2011.

On Friday, March 11, 2011 at 2:46:23 p.m. local time, an 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck Japan, the largest in recorded history.

It's been more than 5 hours since the earthquake hit, and many Tokyoites are still trying to get home on foot. The train system shut down for the day.


still walking like everyone else in Tokyo. trains stopped. taxis full. long lines at bus stops. need to get north but stuck in Tokyo. #quake12

Lines for the bus, by @durf

Twitter user @oohamazaki is compiling a Google Map of possible evacuation locations in the Tokyo area.

より大きな地図で 東京都内避難場所 を表示

The sun has gone down and hotels, schools, restaurants, and more are opening up their doors.


【拡散希望】 新宿南口の文化服装学院が、非常食と宿泊受け入れ準備中です! #jishin #jisin #shinjyuku

Bunka Fashion College near Shinjuku South Exit has food and is preparing to accept people for the night.


【拡散希望】立教大学は一晩中教室を開放することを決定しました!宿泊可能です! 大学関係者以外の方ももちろん利用可能なので、お困りの方は立教大学までいらして下さい!僕宛にリプライいただければ、なにかお困りの際はお手伝いします! #rikkyo_raise

Please spread the word! Rikkyo University is opening all of its classrooms for the night. Anyone is free to stay over. @reply to me if you need any help.

Photo by Global Voices Japanese Language co-editor Scilla Alleci:

This post is part of our special coverage Japan Earthquake 2011.

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