Are you and your friends ok? I feel really sorry for the victims of the terrible earthquake and hope some help will reach to the afflicted people as soon as possible.
It was only five days ago that happened the earthquake. O-tsunami, or big tsunami warnings were issued for the coastline of Hakodate and Hokuto. I heard some warnings from the street, but it only said, "Evacuate your homes immediately and go to the higher area and never get close to the coast or river." My house is located about 500 meters from the shore. So I decided to go to Kikyo area, which is about three kilometers far from the coast. While I was driving, FM Iruka taught me exactly what I wanted to know.
FM Iruka("iruka" means dolphin) is a local FM radio broadcasting station and you can listen to its programs on 80.7MHz. It taught me when the first tsunami would arrive at Hakodate, the time of high tide, which roads were closed by flooding, etc. If you speak Japanese, FM iruka will help you in emergency. I often listen to their programs and it sometimes delivers disaster prevention note in English. If you live in Hakodate or Hokuto, how about tuning 80.7? I really appreciate FM Iruka.
On 11th, my husband and I returned home around half past nine and found our neighbors without damage. But we prepared for possible emergency and went to bed. My parents' house was flooded with water, but fortunately, water didn't reach tatami mats. Two days later, I dropped by theirs and found that the house across the street was flooded and a sofa, comics & magazines and many garbage bags were placed outside.
Now, every time I turn on TV, I'm terrified of the nuclear power plants news. I dreadfully wish various matters would settle as soon as possible.
Akiko lives in a city next to Hakodate and loves to drive around Hakodate and surrounding area. I hope people who visit or live in the Southwest area of Hokkaido come to love the area, too. 函館の隣町在住で道南エリアのドライブ大好きAkikoです。道南を訪れたり、住んでいる人が土地を好きになってくれたらなぁ、と思います。