Japan quake survivors look for relatives

March 12th, 2011 - 2:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington/Tokyo, March 12 (IANS) Those who survived the massive earthquake that rocked Japan Saturday desperately tried to get in touch with their loved ones in the areas that were slammed by a huge tsunami.

Many were unable to contact their relatives in areas located in Miyagi prefecture that bore the brunt of the disaster.

Lucy Craft, who is based in Tokyo, said her son studies in a school in Sendai city.

“The phone lines are still down … I haven’t been able to get in touch with him by cell phone, I haven’t been able to contact anybody there. I have his teacher’s phone number … the phones aren’t working,” Craft told CNN in Tokyo.

“It’s a very upsetting situation, as you can imagine.”

The earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale triggerd a tsunami that hurtled through coastal areas of Japan, leaving 1,000 people dead.

A large number of buildings collapsed and over 200 fires broke out. Hundreds of people went missing while tens of thousands were displaced.

Many residents left their earthquake-affected areas Saturday to look for basic essentials. People shopped for food, water and fuel, causing stores to run out of supplies and pumps to run dry.

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