What a Week
Alrighty, This is to update the masses and give you a picture of the actions and observations for the last week.
Friday March 11, Started like any other day, it was Friday, so we were looking forward to the weekend, At 1400 we had command quarters to have the Commanding Officer talk to us about our progress during our overhaul period for the ship and where we are for man hours. Towards the end of the speach, the ship starting shaking, not so much a side to side as much as a jumping, or hopping action, a rumbling. The crew did not panic, we stood by, some confusion set in, what an emergency diesel engine being started? Why was the boat moving like that? Most of the crew was able to leave the ship after the quarters, I however, Had duty, I couldn't leave the ship. I proceeded to my workcenter, where the T.V had been turned to the news, they were showing that indeed, we had survived an earthquake and that a Tsunami warning was posted for the eastern Coast. Calls were attempted to the family, no such luck, phone lines were overloaded.
So, there I am sitting on the ship, worried about my family, wondering how my in-laws in Chiba were doing, attempts to making a completed phone call were fruitless. Panic and terror were feelings that quite a few people were feeling, I, included.
All eyes were firmly planted on the LCD Screen attached to the bulkhead in Flight Deck control, we were watching in astonishment when the 30ft tsunami hit Sendai, and immediately washed away the residences and businesses. We watched as most of you did in total horror the lives immediately changed forever, lives lost and families torn apart maybe forever. The amount of damage was surreal, sailors couldn't help to feel helpless and wonder if family members were involved in the destruction.
The entire evening was filled with emotion, sadness and for some loneliness and feelings of isolation.
Fortunately, phone lines came up and sailors were able to contact families and loved ones. We were however, not out of the woods.....
Fukashima Daichi Nuclear Power Plant!
My personal experience was limited to feeling the earthquake, it led to the inability to be able what was going to happen next, we are living moment by moment. Rolling blackouts were posted, but one could never know for certain if was going to happen or not, whether or not we would be affected.
The radiation scare! This by far was the biggest story. I will tell you this, if you don't respect a Japanese person now, you should rejudge why? The Fukashima 50, are my hero's. They are, the stories that are coming out or have been released are truly touching and quite heroic. Question is; Would you do what those gentleman are doing right now? Courage, do you have it? They should have shirts made!
We are still working through the mess, we are standing by for orders in case we need to leave. I know bits and pieces but not the whole story.
I hope my recollection of activities and actions bring a different light to it all.
Ya, its funny, Funny like a Clown.