Japan’s grocery store shelves stripped bare in mere hours after earthquake… Panic buying always results in zero inventory… Do you have emergency food?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

No doubt still jittery after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami that destroyed much of the Fukushima nuclear power plant, swarms of Japanese people invaded grocery stores and markets leaving bare shelves in their wake, following last week’s deadly quakes near the city of Kumamoto.

As reported by the Daily Mail Online, there were images of empty store shelves everywhere, as locals bought anything and everything they could get their hands on, and scores more waited in line for shelves to be restocked (many remained empty because the stores did not have a great deal of inventory).

A 6.4 magnitude quake struck just days ago, followed by another quake that registered 7.3 just about 36 hours later. The two shocks were thought to have killed at least 41 people, with both quakes taking place near Kumamoto and causing a great amount of damage to homes, buildings, roads and bridges.

Disaster relief officials said that the quakes left 410,000 homes without water and 200,000 without power, forcing people to stand in line for food and water at emergency aid centers, which had been set up by government agencies in the aftermath of the shocks.

A report by Japan Today, some 196,000 people were evacuated to shelters within hours of the second quake, including about 12,000 in Oita Prefecture.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the media that his government would do all it could to find those who were missing, and that he would step up relief efforts.

“I ordered relevant ministries to ensure supplies of food, medicine and water to those who have been evacuated and spent a worrying night at shelters,” he said.

The U.S. would have similar problems

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