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3/11/2011 (3 years ago)

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Commuters stranded with suspension of trains; many areas without power

Tokyo, one of the world's most populous and bustling cities is at a standstill after a massive tsunami and earthquake has battered Japan's eastern coast. Trains that run like clockwork have been shut down, stranding hordes of commuters carrying mobile phones rendered useless by widespread outages.

While residents can usually rely on a huge network of train and subway lines, authorities were forced to scan the entire web for quake damage and canceled nearly all train service for the day.

While residents can usually rely on a huge network of train and subway lines, authorities were forced to scan the entire web for quake damage and canceled nearly all train service for the day.

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By Catholic Online

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/11/2011 (3 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Tokyo, power outages, trains, stranded commuters


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The magnitude-8.9 quake shook buildings in Tokyo and left millions of homes across Japan without electricity. The nation's mobile phone network has been severely disrupted, and even telephone landlines have been hit.  "This is the kind of earthquake that hits once every 100 years," a 54-year-old restaurant worker Akira Tanaka said. Giving up on waiting for trains to resume anytime soon, he set off on foot for his home 12 miles north of Tokyo. "I've been walking an hour and 10 minutes, still have about three hours to go," he said.(Japan Earthquake Appeal: Help those affected by the earthquake in Japan. We are accepting donations to support our online support efforts in Japan and worldwide. Please donate to help survivors of this emergency. Click Here to Donate - https://www.catholic.org/donation/ )
Tokyo takes pride in being an orderly, technologically adept and even futuristic city. While residents can usually rely on a huge network of train and subway lines, authorities were forced to scan the entire web for quake damage and canceled nearly all train service for the day. Tens of thousands of people milled at train stations and bunked down at 24-hour cafes and hotels. Unable to rely on mobile phones, lines of people formed at Tokyo's normally vacant public phone booths dotting the city.
Japan's top telecommunications company Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. set up an emergency phone line and a special Internet site for people to leave messages for family and friends. Up to 90 percent of calls were being restricted to prevent telecom equipment from being overloaded, NTT spokeswoman Mai Kariya said. The company was checking on damage to towers and cables, and details were not immediately available. The Tokyo suburb of Yokohama offered the community's main concert hall as an emergency place to stay overnight, and planned to offer blankets and other amenities, Yokohama Arena official Hideharu Terada said. "There has never been a big earthquake like this, when all the railways stopped and so this is a first for us," Yokohama Arena official Hideharu Terada said. "People are trickling in. They are all calm."

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