Osaka Gas expects to take over a week to restore some supply after quake


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Is this 1950? In this day and age it takes that long?

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Is this 1950? In this day and age it takes that long?

poor infra poor maintenance but they will say due to "labor shortage."

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zichi, “should bring in extra people to deal with it.”

Presumably that’s what these phrases mean:

“with help from other firms”

“staff from Osaka Gas and other firms”

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I have been using my electric frying pan and rice cooker since yesterday. Hope the gas comes back, but safety is the most important.

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Are those who claim its too long also knowledgable on how long it takes to check that underground gas pipes are secure after a 6.1 quake? Gas explosions or accidents due to leakage are quite awful.

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Cold showers are bracing to say the least. I lived thru 4 hurricanes in Florida and probably lost power for a combined 6 weeks. Could run my well/pump and the fridge on my small generator but not the hot water heater. Talk about shrinkage!

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And it's not just gas. One supermarket in Takatsuki ran out of basic items super quick. Despite limiting customers to one case of water and three pots of instant noodles, their shelves were bare, I saw last night. They had already sold their stock for today too. One woman said she had been to five supermarkets but could not find any bottled water.

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People died, and you whine about the amount of time it takes to fix the gas...... If it were 'fixed' tomorrow but in a half a...ed manner. Would you be one of the first to complain if people died because of neglegence?

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Gas supply lines seem very old and built 4-5 decades ago. They even don't have all precise blueprint of lines there. Same as in Tokyo. Tokyo is replacing major pipes little by little. It takes time to be restored

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Ugh, not great news to hear at the moment but im just happy the family was safe yesterday. We were lucky considering heavy shelves toppled over etc.

Friends and other people living in Ibaraki and Takatsuki area all lost a lot of belongings, the initial shake took us by surprise. We should be happy that at least the water is running. Without that it's going to be very very problematic.

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A maximum of 12 days to bring all customers back online, with the repairs, checks and checks again to ensure safety on a heavily failsafe guarded system? Seems reasonable to me. So few fires -- 3? -- no explosions and no city blocks, towns or villages told to evacuate due to gas leaks after a 6.1 earthquake: QED.

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These things are usually deliberate outside estimates. It's good publicity to finish earlier than advertised; you will often come across this in Japan. Fingers crossed that is what they are doing.

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@zichi: Provided there are no major damages and repairs. People who have lost their gas supply need to turn it off at their meters.

why? Im confused. I fiddled with the meter yesterday to see if I could turn it ON but there is no off-switch or way to turn it off that's why this comment confuses me.

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Here’s a link explaining the procedure for restarting your gas (provided service has been restored to your neighborhood).

It’s in Japanese, didn’t see an English page but too busy right now to do better search. There should be info somewhere, for instance guidebooks for foreign residents etc., if not on the gas company’s page.

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Oh, I see while I was typing such I got the info up in English, good!

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Folks, pease remeber we are talking about 111,111 households. Most households around there have about five people.

Used to work there so i worry a lot.

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No insult given, just taken.

As a former engineer, you should be able to understand what's involved.

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Got my gas back. But now I've realized part of my toilet must be cracked because my bathroom has a pool of water in it (wasn't me!).

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Must have been one of the kids huh? Always works for me. ;-)

Stay safe up there.

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Just refound the link to the story about empty shelves where the bottled water was. See photo.

Don’t empty your bathtub each night until this thing settles down.

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Let this be a wake up call to all those (me included) who have procrastinated getting an earthquake preparation kit together. I would recommend everyone buy a cassette gas burner and at least 10 cassette gas bottles. Also you want to have at least 12 X 2L bottles of drinking water, and some non-perishable foods such as canned vegetables, tuna, instant ramen etc. I went and bought these things today. I recommend everyone does the same.

It's always better to be overprepared than underprepared.

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Got my gas back.

Where are you located if you don't mind me asking.

@miyakojimadan: same here. Pack was ready but we put it in the storage room. We are now preparing one at the entrance. Dont wanna take any risks.

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@papigulio: If you don't mind me asking, what do you have in your pack?

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Thanks forthe tops Zichi! I’ll be better prepper next time.

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@papigulio: If you don't mind me asking, what do you have in your pack?

water, blanket, cupnoodles, manually chargeable light, amenities for the newborn, bandages, gloves is what I can remember. Im sure there is more, its more like a huge box than a small pack. My wife doesnt think about practicality as Im the one having to carry it.

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Another typo: such I —- zichi

sorry zichi, since switching to a new iPhone I seem to struggle with autocorrect typos more than before....

About those disaster supplies: always include some foods that don’t require any cooking or addition of water.

From the stores with the empty shelves it’s obvious a lot of people still haven’t taken to heart the advisories to have stocks of drinking water, food, etc. Makibg an exception for people who are too poor to spend money on emergency supplies, really everyone ought to have things on hand, keeping in mind gas, electricity, and water might be unavailable. At least there are the evacuation centers for people who need a place to sleep and food but depending on location and circumstances those could be inadequate.

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