Earthquake – Tokyo shows resolve and reacts calmly March 14th 2011.

Long lines of cars waiting to fill up were almost everywhere but not a single honking horn or road side tantrum.

Cars waiting to fill up on Meiji Dori, Hiroo, March 14th 2011

At first I thought these were cars parked on the side of the street until I realized they were all quietly waiting to fill up at the gasoline station just out of picture on the right.

Cars waiting patiently for fuel. Shirokanedai, Tokyo. March 14th 2011.

This station was not busy at all, just like any other day.

This fuel station in-between Shinkuju and Shibuya was not busy at all despite being on Meji Dori, a main thoroughfare in Central Tokyo. Kitasando, Tokyo. March 14 2011.

The fuel station up the road from the line of cars in Picture 2 above was already out of fuel by 15:00, but they left a polite note.

Fuel station closed; out of gasoline. Shirokanedai, Tokyo March 14th 2011

A polite sign telling customers there is no more fuel in stock. Shirokanedai, Tokyo. march 14th 2011.

Not only fuel was hard to come by. Shelves are still empty as a result of hungry stranded workers walking home through the city after the earthquake on Friday halted all train services.

Needs on the right, luxuries on the left. Sunkus convenience store Harajuku,Tokyo. March 14th 2011

Empty shelves and apology note - next delivery maybe three days - Lawsons Takanawadai, Tokyo March 14th 2011

The major supermarket chain Tokyu was also empty of essentials like water, rice and storable foods, this time from local people stocking up in precaution. There were still some supplies like Muesli, sugar and salt but everything was going fast.

Tokyu Store, Shirokanedai, Tokyo March 14th 2011

Most of the staff I spoke to at various retailers had no idea when new stocks would arrive and one manager at the local convenience store said it would take two to three days to re-supply and that it would be at a much smaller scale.