The aftershocks are slowly becoming part of the routine. It all goes something like this now:
1) cell phone earthquake alert
2) grab cell phone and computer
3) check surroundings for the possibility of falling objects and move to a safe place
4) shaking starts
5) assess strength of shake and take appropriate actions
6) check Twitter and the Japan Meteorological Agency site for information
7) wait for it to end
8) pick up whatever fell
9) report situation to parents
10) go back to what I was doing before the alarm.
We’ve got roughly two more months of aftershocks ahead of us, say experts. It’s a matter now of balancing precaution with a return to getting things done.