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Japan earthquake12th Mar 2011
As I'm sure everyone is now aware an extremely large earthquake hit Japan yesterday near Sendai, I would like to thank the many people who have contacted me expressing their concern for my friends and contacts in Japan. Most of the people I knew were in Tokyo and Chiba-ken which while shaken very hard seems to be mostly ok, as an example of their preparedness the building I used to live in was a 13 story building rated to at least a magnitude 7.5 earthquake, and that was a relatively old structure compared to many in the area.
For customers with cars currently in Japan all have now been contacted with an update of the status of their vehicles, at the moment we are waiting for more information but it would appear that vehicles in Osaka, Nagoya, Kobe and Fukuoka will be unaffected, for vehicles in Tokyo it may only be next week when information starts to come in as things are still chaotic, but from the preliminary details I have it seems likely vehicles at Yokohama/Kawasaki ports are ok, the Tokyo bay faces south and so is unlikely to have been in the path from any tsunami coming from the North. I'll of course be in contact with customers as new details come in but at present I have not been given any information which is cause for alarm.
Once again thank you to those who have expressed a concern for my friends in Japan, I lost a Japanese friend in last month's Christchurch earthquake so this has been unsettling news to say the least. I can say with absolute certainty if anyone is prepared to deal with a disaster such as this it is the Japanese, and I wish everyone affected by the quake the very best.
Director, J-Spec Imports