Years ago, Gary and his former radio partner, Kamasami Kong, worked together in the beautiful island city in Honolulu, Hawaii, but have since went their separate ways. Now living in Tokyo, Japan, Kamasami’s personal experience living through the disastrous earthquake have reconnected the two good friends, and he made a special call in this morning to touch base and to give us an inside look at the aftermath of the quake.
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Being outside of the epicenter of the disaster, Kamasami says there isn’t too much worry about radiation from the nuclear meltdown emergency, but is still experiencing an “uncountable” number of aftershocks in Tokyo, and even feels one while talking live with Gary!
He has a truly remarkable story and unbelievable first hand account of the catastrophe in Japan that he shares right here on the K-EARTH 101 Morning Show.
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Now working in radio in Toyko, Kamasami went through the destructive force of the earthquake in Japan that left so many homeless, injured or dead. Though being 200 kilometers outside of the Fukushima nuclear complex, he says officials aren’t raising too much concern or worry about effects of radiation for those living in Tokyo, but that doesn’t mean he’s not experiencing the aftermath of the quake.
Midway through the interview, Kamasami abruptly feels an aftershock saying, “We are right now having an aftershock, I can’t believe this. This is the weirdest part, the aftershocks, Gary.”
He says he’s felt an “uncountable” amount of aftershocks since the initial quake and says the major news networks reported that Japan has experienced close to 300-400 aftershocks so far.
Even though the country has gone through this natural disaster, the people haven’t been panicking and spikes of crime from looting haven’t been seen. Kamasami explains, “That’s one of the beautiful things about this country, you don’t really need to worry about that kind of crime, because we just don’t have it over here.”
Before the earthquake struck, officials say they sent out an 30 second advanced warning from the earthquake warning system, but Kamasami wasn’t even aware of a warning, and he’s located right in central Tokyo.
“You would expect if there’s gonna be a warning I would have heard it. I did not hear anything,” he informs. And when Gary asks how the people could have even received the early warning, he says, “I have no idea, actually, you’re telling me this, right now is the first I even heard of the warning.”
Video of Japan’s early earthquake warning system on TV
Kamasami goes into much more detail about the nuclear emergency Japan is currently facing, plus gives an inside look at the current welfare of the people. He also discusses 80s pop star, Cyndi Lauper’s experience flying into Japan at the time of the disaster after talking to her on his podcast The Tokyo MetPod.
For up to minute details and information, you can visit Kamasami’s Facebook or podcast website for more exclusive interviews with the people who experienced the earthquake and tsunami first hand. Listen to his compelling full interview with Gary below.