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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.

@Kenji_Hall:

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.

@tsuyoshi_ide:

【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.

@gmsq:

【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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