Negotiating her way through the muddy, debris-covered streets here Monday night, where crushed cars and overturned semi trucks laid atop one another, Midori Honda was struggling to survive.
The first military-assisted flight out of the Navy’s Tokyo-area air base lifted off about 12:40 p.m. Monday, with 153 family members bound for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Though their lives have been turned upside down, there was a sense of calm in the air as hundreds of family members filled Yokota’s passenger terminal Tuesday.
Military-sponsored evacuation flights out of Japan for the 10,000 dependents en route to the U.S. were more than half-way completed by Friday, officials said.
Shortages of fuel oil caused by the widespread destruction from the earthquake and tsunami might force some military community members who live off base to seek shelter on the base, an official said.
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