Released 11 March 2011
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By: Christy Choi
"The first shaking started about 30 minutes ago. It still hasn't stopped. I'm writing this from the Time Out office... Across the road there's a tenement block. It's swaying horrifically - so much so, in fact, that it looks like a miniature, as though it's been subjected to tilt shift photo technology. I can't quite compute seeing a building doing that."
This is a passage from the blog of Time Out Tokyo. The global lifestyle publication is providing a different kind of public service today, live tweeting updates on the aftermath of the 8.9 earthquake that shook Tokyo this afternoon.
(More on TIME.com: "Tsunami 101: How Asia is Prepping for the Waves.")
The following are excerpts from their Twitter stream.
-Earthquake rocks Tokyo, 7.9 on the Richter Scale at the epicenter. Buildings reported to be burning in Odaiba. 3m tsunami warnings.
-Extremely strong aftershocks being felt. Alarms going off. Reports coming in of trains swaying in their tracks. Everyone in streets.
-Unconfirmed reports that tsunami has hit Iwate, washing trucks into the sea.
-We're hearing that 8 fires have broken out across Tokyo. Kudan Kaikan roof has collapsed.
-The scariest thing about this earthquake is that highlighted how few people know what to do.
-Japan earthquake considerably stronger than that in Christchurch. Phones still down, but damage thankfully low.
-Last year the British Embassy in Tokyo gave us these earthquake prep guidelines. How prepared were you?
-Japan earthquake report update: pay phones have been made free so that people can phone home.
-Tokyo is moving again. Google has launched a people finding service.
-Japan earthquake report: Disturbing news coming in off the radio that Disneyland is quickly flooding.
-'Everyone is sitting really quietly, almost as if they expect to be able to hear the next quake hit.'
-Haneda Airport is partially closed. Halls are being opened around Tokyo for people to gather and share news.
-Thousands are stranded in Tokyo as public transport is disrupted. Public spaces have opened to provide shelter.
-Aside from the public shelters, free drinks and phone charging are on offer from Suntory and Bic Camera.
-3 cheers for Butagumi Shabu An (shabu shabi shop) who is handing out free curry and rice to stranded commuters!
-Hurrah for Eiji Press (Ebisu), now offering shelter. We're loving the camaraderie in this town tonight!
See TimeOut Tokyo's Twitter stream for more updates.