3月16日の地震の被害、支援関係 The current situation in Minamisoma after the earthquake on March 16th
- At 23:38 on March 16th, there was a big earthquake, seismic intensity 6+. After the quake stopped, we felt now it's over, and right after that there was another quake which was bigger than the first one. It was scary. At our Minamimachi house, some glasses and plates were thrown out of the cupboard and broken into pieces. Fortunately there were 2 staff members and a volunteer, all men, staying at Caritas Minamisoma. During the night they cleared what was broken or fallen down from the shelves.
- Everyone we know was all safe. The damages were huge, especially in Soma and Kashima area. No water, no electricity. We asked some of our friends and graduates of the Sacred Heart schools to send us bottles of water, which came soon after we asked. We are very touched by their quick action. We are grateful to the Japan Province for their financial support.
- The boxes of water in plastic bottles were immediately delivered to the people in need through the councils of social welfare. We also received support money from many of our graduates. With those donations, we could buy not only water, but also blue/silver tarps for the roof repair.
藤野さんグループ Mr. Fujino group
- The members are from different prefectures: Aichi, Chiba, Saitama, Tokyo. They came to Caritas Minamisoma on March 20th, when we were not able to accept volunteers due to the COVID-19 prevention measures. For two days they had to stay in a tent or in a car that were set in our parking area. We felt sorry for them as it was very cold those two days. However, after that we were able to offer them meals and two rooms to stay in. Their volunteer activity was to repair the roof tiles that were damaged by the earthquake on March 16th, especially in Soma and Kashima area. The group also helped deliver water bottles to the people in need. We are very grateful to them.
- In Soma city two of our staff members
visited the houses of our elderly friends, the Haramachi church members. The
house of one of them was terribly damaged:
All the glass doors were broken, the wall of the entrance was coming
off, and the concrete fence had fallen down.
The cold wind was blowing through the house. Our staff members helped move a heavy chest
of drawers and other heavy things. The
house does not seem to be in good enough condition for them to live in. The
mother is a graduate of the University of the Sacred Heart. She lives with her daughter.
- In order to show our support for Ukraine, the Futabaya Ryokan in Odaka asked some volunteers to paint a shed in their parking area with the colors of the Ukrainian flag, blue and yellow. Some of our Caritas Minamisoma members joined the event. Futabaya Ryokan has a strong connection with the people of Ukraine because of the nuclear power explosion accident.
- In March there are many events to remember the East Japan Great Earthquake in March 2011. We participated in the March for Life together with Buddhist temple people and Nichirennshu people. There was also a memorial prayer service at Dokeiji temple in Odaka.