Friday, March 18, 2011

Living in Dali-land

Not Dali-land as in Spain, but as in continually surreal.

It's been a week now since the quake and there have been some interesting developments. I'm proud of the quick reaction of the US: the USS Ronald Reagan and task force steamed full speed to arrive commendably quick off the east coast to provide aid and logistics to the Japanese. Some of their task force will have to change the area of operations due to the radiation crisis, but they delivered 17 tons of food and other supplies on Tuesday alone.

I just opened my email tonight, one week after the quake, and received my first notice from the Embassy's disaster hotline since 9-11.

I mean, I'm glad they are arranging transportation out of Sendai for US citizens and all, but it's been a week. Prompt action, guys. I also like the last bit: "passengers will be required to sign a promissory note to reimburse the U.S. Government for the normal bus fare from Sendai to Tokyo".

If your home washed away, I doubt you have the change. Not to mention that the people who need this service the most probably don't have internet access to receive the message in the first place.

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