After effects of the Fukushima disaster in Tokyo: “While bottled water is still hard to find and the huge video screens in Shibuya remain dark, some inhabitants of Tokyo are beginning to return to their usual joyous style. One Harajuku fashion plate, pointing to his outrageous shirt and huge pendant, wondered out loud if it’s O.K. to be having fun. In the days after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the city most creative dressers ditched the pastel colors and heels, and Japan Fashion Week canceled its events. Now a sense of normality is creeping back, as more fashion companies re-schedule their shows and Tokyo’s youth put their all-black ensembles in the closet. Said Kento Koizumi as he brushed a streak of Smurf-blue hair out of his eyes, “Tokyo should be strong for the people in Sendai.” Rebecca Willa Davis, N.Y. Times, 4-17-11
Sat: After the 8.8 quake in Chile, we are evacuating to town, in case there is a tsunami!
Sunday: Fortunately, we only have big waves!
Monday: The surfers are back.
& the house on Venice Beach shook to the timbers. It didn’t feel like an earthquake, but that can never be discounted in SoCal. I was convinced it was an explosion. Nothing was broken, just a few paintings were askew. No sirens, helicopters or electrical outages. Life went on as usual outside.
It turned out we were at the EPICENTER of a quake that hit in the ocean, just one-mile off the Venice Pier. Amazingly, it was tiny, just 3.4 on the Richter scale.
I’ve experienced countless tremors & many earthquakes; a hurricane in Fla.; a cylone, going down the other side of a fairway on a golf course in Ohio; & a typhoon in China!–But this one spooked me.