Power and food shortages along with badly functioning internet and over-saturated phone systems are so far the greatest impact on Tokyo’s 35 million residents.
Most of them had about 80 seconds of warning before the devastating quake rumbled through the city after striking over 370 kilometres away.
Since then the talk has been more about a potential third disaster, fears of a nuclear meltdown.
And as the news worsens regarding Japan’s nuclear reactors, fears have grown that the wind will bring rising radiation levels to the city.
In fact it is causing foreigners to think twice about staying with their families.
The French government has officially told its citizens not to panic although it has issued advice to remain indoors if the wind blows radioactive particles towards Tokyo.