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“Shaken” is the word Cory Weaver uses to describe how he feels after last Friday’s massive earthquake in Japan. The former Charlie Lake resident has been living in Japan since 2001.

Weaver lives just east of Tokyo and is currently teaching English at a private junior/senior high school.

He says when the earthquake hit, it was nothing like he had ever experienced. Having stopped by the gym on his way home, he was in a kickboxing room when the earthquake began. Although he says earthquakes are a regular occurrence in the area, everyone recognized that this one was different.

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Weaver says barbells were falling to the ground and the boxing bags were swinging violently in either direction. He says when he looked out the window, hydro poles looked as if they would crash down at any moment and buildings across the street were shaking so violently that their windows were shattering.

He says despite the violent shaking that occurred the damage to infrastructure around where he lives was fairly minimal. He says there was some broken glass and some brick had fallen off a few buildings but it was nothing significant.

Regardless of the turmoil occurring in certain areas of the country, Weaver says strict building codes have prevented the rest of the country from increased disaster.

The after effects of the earthquake, however, are still hitting those people who were farther away from the epicentre. Weaver says Tokyo’s electric company, along with the Japanese government, is telling residents to expect rolling blackouts. He also says that perishable items are in short supply and when they are in stock in the grocery stores, they are quickly bought up.

He also says one of the most difficult things to deal with is the aftershocks.

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Despite the severity of the situation across the country, he says he has been impressed by how residents have responded to the disaster.

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The magnitude 8.9 earthquake is the strongest earthquake Japan has ever experienced in recorded history. According to the United States Geological Survey, the quake hit on Friday at 2:46 p.m. local time. The quake hit off the eastern shore of Japan at a depth of 24.4 km, approximately 130 km east of Sendai and 373 km northeast of the capital city of Tokyo.
 

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