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

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If you have pets, emergency kits needs pet food.

My wife doesnt think about practicality as Im the one having to carry it.

You can by a strong card/trolley for about ¥1000. Aso a shopping trolley is good for kits.

Amazon sells emergency kits but price check first.

We keep a number of tinned foods which we frequently rotate to replace them. Beans are another good one.

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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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@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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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?

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

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/pickup/6286770

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

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smithinjapan

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

Stay safe up there.

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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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Zichi

No insult given, just taken.

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

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

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Papiguilio,

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

http://www.osakagas.co.jp/sp/info/hukki.html

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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papigiulio

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.

There is usually a mechanical tap/valve on the street side pipe which needs to be turned 90 degrees to close it. Also check all your gas appliance are also turned off. There is also a recovery button. This diagram will help you. The button is for resetting the microcomputer which I think is now used by the meter reader.

http://www.osakagas.co.jp/safety/en/text/if-3e.html

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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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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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Osaka Gas have stated it could take 8-12 days to resume piped gas supplies to 110,000 customers. The company will work with other firms to resume normal supplies to the affected customers, most of whom are in the cities of Takatsuki and Ibaraki.

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

Usually once a year In June we get a visit from Osaka Gas to inspect our pipes and appliances for gas leaks. We also have a gas leak alarm located in the kitchen which we rent from Osaka Gas for some small monthly fee. They replace the unit when they come for the inspection.

So people will have to decide if they want to have their homes inspected for gas leaks because Osaka Gas are only doing the street work. Normally a free service provided by Osaka Gas.

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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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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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Kaishu

Zichi

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?

I'm not whining about anything so your insult isn't warranted. 11 days to check the supplies to 110,000 customers needs to be speeded up by bringing in additional gas workers. There are tens of thousands of them across the nation. Just requires organizing. Osaka Gas mainly uses contractors for all the road works and pipe checking. The leaks are detected by measuring the gas pressure at "A" and measuring the gas pressure at "B" and if the same there's no leak. And so on and so on. Any leaks detected will require repairs but they are initially installed to very high standards. Last year they replace the gas main in out road and as a former engineer I was impressed by the standard of the work. My opinion stands.

Just as in America following a hurricane or tornado and the power lines go down, additional crews are brought in to speed up the work.

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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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Zichi

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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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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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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thepersoniamnow

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

Washing is a problem but at least the weather is warmer but cold showers. Fill the bath tub with water and by the evening warmer and you can wash with that. Time to buy a slow cooker which is one of my favorite kitchen devices and use it every week to cook beef ribs, block beef stew, nabe style dishes. The rice cooker can be used to make other dishes too. We use it to make hot cake. I also have a small electric toaster which I use to cook meats and does great baked potatoes.

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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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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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Educators60

yes from other gas companies willing to give a helping hand to speed up restoring supplies. Osaka Gas also uses contractors for their road works.

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

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That's way too long and should bring in extra people to deal with it.

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