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東日本大震災翻訳プロジェクト〔第24話〕

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A narrow escape from death in the landslide

AOYAGI Kaori, 26, employee, Spa Resort Hawaiians
Translated by MORI Toshiaki

 On April 11 I was on the way home after I finished my work. I was in red Honda Fit. When I passed the Crest Hills Golf Club, suddenly I wasn’t able to operate my car. I said “Oh my gosh, it’s dangerous!”

 When the March 11 quake occurred, I was driving my car near Everia, a shopping mall in Kashima. So it was the second chance for me to experience a huge earthquake while driving car. I could calm down and put my car on the left side of the road. At that time landslide occurred on the right side of the road. It was like a flash. With heavy rain and thunder, I wasn’t able to hear the noises of the landslide. A lot of sand and concrete pieces crashed into door of the driver’s seat. The door was awfully broken. Fortunately I wasn’t hurt. I was scared, but I thought it would soon be all right.

 With a large quantity of sand, I could not open the door of driver’s seat. So I tried to escape from the door of passenger seat, but the curb stone was disturbing for opening the door. Somehow I opened the door only a little bit. I twisted my body and went out from the car. As it was raining heavily, my Clocks shoes were soaked. To change into sneakers, I went into the car once again. A man in the car behind kindly sent me to Spa Resort Hawaiians.

 The next day I went to see my car. All the tires went flat, and the body was terribly damaged. My car was scrapped. I have Nissan X TRAIL now.

 Whenever I think that if the concrete pieces had been hitting me, I have to remember my fear. I really hate heavy rain and thunder.

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