Sunday, April 10, 2011

Narrow escape from the tsunami, but facing the serious problem of nuclear plants’ accident

(by Ms. Chiyo Terashima, evacuee from Isobe area, at General Welfare Center in Souma City, Fukushima Prefecture)
We were playing gateball ( a type of ground golf). There was a terrible shake; too big to keep standing. I anticipated that a big tide wave should follow soon, so I called to my wife, “Grandma, let’s run”. And we ran away from that place as fast as we could. It was about 15 minutes before the tsunami attack. Only 15 minutes!

We can reconstruct the places destructed by the tsunami by the human power, but the problems at nuclear plants are beyond the power of human being. It is enormously grave problem, I think. There are too many nuclear plants in Fukushima Prefecture. Come to think about it, it is reckless to have built six nuclear plants in this area alone. We must move to another place, if we cannot live here. (Mr. Tadashi Terashima)
I am glad that we ran away in a hurry. We had a really narrow escape from the tsunami. 

Victims’ Voice aired on NHK, April 7, 2011
Translated by Makiko Tajima Asano

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