Tokyo, Japan (March 11, 2011) – Dr. Kit Miyamoto reports, “I was in the train near Ikebukuro station when the train suddenly stopped with a loud creaking noise at 2:55 pm today. Japan’s state-of-the-art earthquake system at work…. That’s what I thought at first. But it has been a struggle since. It is 1:30 am now and we are still not far from where the train stopped. Japan Railway actually closed down the stations and sent out all commuters into the cold night. They announced that they are concerned about structural safety. Continuous aftershocks make me feel like I have car sickness as my family and I walk on the train tracks. I am concerned about the deep cough of my little daughter in the freezing night. I better find our way fast.”
Dr. Miyamoto was presenting at the earthquake engineering conference in Tokyo Institute of Technology. He is now heading to the disaster site per client requests to conduct expert damage assessment.
Here are several findings.