Thursday marked our 1,000 aftershock since 3/11. (Or “pre-shock” prior to the next big quake in accordance with some.) Within an e-mail today, I read that they’ve lifted the “voluntary departure” and they are likely to start arranging for folks ahead home. And life continues on. Today I read a copy of Doug’s “earthquake journal”. It reminded me which i never finished or published mine. It is a little long, but I needed it recorded. Friday: Quake hit at 2:46. It had been even bigger compared to the one two days previous. I had been upstairs therefore i immediately grabbed Gray outside of his crib. Gabe, downstairs, was scared and started crying and searching for me. We met around the stairs and stayed huddled within the stairwell. Most likely not the very best idea, but I figured in case the ceiling started decreasing, we’d just run right out leading door. And there is nothing near which could fall or shatter on us. The best boys walked in from school in the center of it and I yelled at them to return outside.
To Mai Ha Tsunami
To Mai Ha Tsunami
We had just received an Earthquake Protocol email following a previous quake. The boys were all smiles thinking it had been “cool”. I did so NOT think it had been cool. Evidently a neighbor saw some teenagers become these were surfing once the sidewalk was rolling. I tried to update “Facebook” with a note concerning the quake, (something similar to “Okay, that earthquake had not been COOL! I’m prepared to log off this island!”) however the power had been out and didn’t keep coming back on for over two days. At this time, (obviously) we’d NO idea how lousy things were in the areas or a tsunami was coming. We got shaken pretty badly, but didn’t sustain any significant damage on base–besides the energy venturing out. Doug came home at 4. I used to be so pleased to have him home in order that all of my children was with me at night: “safely gathered in”. I had developed already found one 72-hour kit and put it by the entranceway. When Doug came home, I used to be frantically looking for our “can safe” containing $1,000 in dollars and yen. I finally found it within the pantry and we input it somewhere handy.
Around 5:30 we went off-base to see if there is power or an open restaurant. We didn’t understand how bad anything was and I really was wanting a hot, comforting meal. After we realized lights were out around town, we drove to Tami’s house to observe how these were doing. She had been making plans ahead to us, so we headed back. I got the only real “meat” we’d from the freezer–five small salmon fillets–and grilled them within the BBQ with some carrots that i steamed in foil. Works out couscous just must be put into boiling water in order that was a breeze and far quicker than rice. Used the single burner camp stove on your kitchen counter to boil water for this. And also made hot chocolate for the youngsters. By enough time we ate, Tami and kids were here and the youngsters were just playing around constantly.
No movie or music to show on to have them all settled or entertained, so as the moms were stressing, these were running laps throughout the house gleefully. Since Doug may be the Elder’s Quorum President, Branch President B. (the first choice of the local church branch–same to be a Bishop, simply for an inferior congregation) came to coordinate how they might track down all of the church members. I fed the adults the salmon and the youngsters had sandwiches. Wes had opted into work and wasn’t back yet. Despite the fact that he’s on his way to avoid it of Misawa soon, he still manages to shoulder plenty of responsibility and is definitely working (or flying) loooooong hours. I had been so glad to possess Tami to help keep me company because I immediately got stressed when Doug left. A very important factor you do not anticipate. In a significant emergency situation such as this, even if you are not separated from your own husband, your husband could easily get called to greatly help with relief efforts. Doug plus some other men from church went to be sure every branch member was safe and accounted for. Folks from work were doing exactly the same thing–trying to obtain 100% accountability for everybody on base. That is something they practice for if they have “exercises”. Eventually we got the youngsters all settled by candle light. Madeleine surely got to have got a “slumber party” in Gabey’s room. Cameron got Gray’s room (Gray moved to your room for the initial night) and Camille slept down in the household room with Tami and Wes. The home was getting colder by when, the temperature went below zero that night, but we’d a lot of blankets and body heat to help keep warm. All were safely gathered in.