How has Japan Earthquake affected the Tokyo Disneyland Resort

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How has Japan Earthquake affected the Tokyo Disneyland Resort

One of our guest writers who lives in Japan Kyle Greggory was in Japan when the earthquake hit and sent me this report to share with you.

Tokyo Disney Resort March 11, 2011
There were apparently 69,000 people at the Tokyo Disneyland Resort when Friday’s record-scale quake struck off the coast of Japan. The quake resulted in flooding throughout the resort, which is built on a landfill in Tokyo Bay. The tsunami that followed the quake was apparently not the major source of the flooding, according to the Deccan Chronicle (http://www.deccanchronicle.com).

Nobody Hurt
Injuries were reported neither from park guests nor from cast members.  The rides were closed and people waited for further instructions from park employees after the quake (see photo from Twitter: http://twitpic.com/48dy7s). At Disney Sea, many people were evacuated to warmer locations when nighttime came.

People are still stuck at Disney Sea (one of my friends included) almost 8 hours after the quake, reportedly due to roads being blocked leading away from Disney Sea. In addition, train lines throughout Tokyo have been shut down since the quake hit, and are only just starting to run again (time of writing: 10:30PM Local Time). Right now the Tokyo Disneyland Resort remains flooded, along with the parking lots, according to park guests who are still there.

Here’s another picture from Disney Sea, showing the crowds at the park when the quake hit earlier in the day:

8.9 Earthquake Hits Japan
Friday’s earthquake in Japan measured 8.9 on the Richter Scale, and is reportedly the largest quake to hit Japan in 140 years, and the fifth largest in the world since 1900. It occurred off the coast of Sendai, Japan, about 200 miles northeast of Tokyo.


As a side note–this quake was terrifying! I was on the 8th floor of my dorm in Shinjuku (near Central Tokyo) when the whole building started to shake like I’d never felt before. The previous two quakes that occurred Wednesday and Thursday seemed very large, and I doubted the shaking could ever be worse, but today’s proved me wrong. I was certain the building was going to collapse. I’m glad we weren’t at the epicenter, and feel for everybody who was more significantly effected by this earthquake.

Thanks Kyle for the News Report!

  • Tsunami Hits Japan After 8.8 Earthquake (news.sky.com)
How has Japan Earthquake affected the Tokyo Disneyland Resort

How has Japan Earthquake affected the Tokyo Disneyland Resort

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