When the earthquake hit this area this morning, I was taking breakf...

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Jun 18, 2018 19:58
When the earthquake hit this area this morning, I was taking breakfast while reviewing corrections I had gotten last night. The tremor lasted longer than I had expected. I heard some dishes fall on the floor in the kitchen. It was right before 8 a.m.. I had go to school as soon as possible, but I also wanted to make sure if my family living far away, but still in the same Kansai area were all okay. The line was too busy. On the way to school, I finally got a call from my mother. She said that everyone was fine. We said to each other, "we mustn't talk for long, because many people might be waiting to call their important people!"
At the railroad crossing I had to wait for ten minutes or so. Some people pushed the crossing gate and went over the crossing. One of them shouted, "The express train was stuck right over there! That's why it won't open!" I started to run back to take another route to cross the railways. When I arrived at the school, it was almost the starting time. My boss was already there and busy answering phone calls. We called students and parents to make sure if they were safe, and told that school was closed today. One student was stuck on the way to school, but finally got home in the afternoon.
Fortunately, students are all safe at home, our school still stands there and doesn't even have a broken window, except the elevator. The maintenance service said that they had no idea when they can fix it, because all the elevators in Osaka were broken. We have to wait.
Now it's almost 8 p.m. and the JR are checking the railways to restart their services. My flat is on the 5th floor of the building right next to the train station, so I can look down at it.
Many commuters still can't go home. Many of them couldn't even get to their offices either. I hope they will find a safe place to stay tonight.
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