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YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Misawa Air Base continued to slowly recover from Friday’s earthquake, while other bases throughout Japan announced relatively normal schedules for Monday.

About 15 miles south of Misawa, the city of Hachinohe was devastated by a 13-foot tsunami. Yet, the air base and its residents were far enough inland to avoid any significant damage, but immediately lost power and heating.

Lights began flickering on around the base Sunday night. Workers from Tohoku Power and the base were working to restore power but warned of intermittent outages, according to command statements.

Power and cell phone coverage also have been restored to sections of Misawa city.

The Misawa base exchange will be closed Monday, and commissary hours had not yet been announced as of Sunday afternoon. The base commissary is currently out of charcoal, C and D batteries, candles and bread.

Misawa’s commercial gas stations remain closed, although its government fuel points were open on a limited basis. Base residents were asked to contact their commands regarding their fuel needs.

Japanese officials rescinded a boil-water order, meaning the water on base is now safe to drink.

Misawa schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Pacific schools spokesman Charles Hoff told Stars and Stripes as of 1 p.m. Sunday. Faculty and staff should either call or e-mail their status each of those days, Hoff said.

All other base schools in mainland Japan and Okinawa plan on having normal school days, Hoff said. Any changes would be broadcast on AFN, Hoff added.

Navy installations around Japan said that business would continue as usual Monday.

“I expect it will be everyone at work and ... everything open as normal on our installations,” said Cmdr. Ron Steiner, spokesman for Commander Naval Forces Japan.

The Naval Exchange, commissary and other stores were operating at normal hours at Yokosuka, Sasebo and other Japan bases Sunday.

Naval Air Facility Atsugi also expected normal operations, but signs on base advised commands that workers may be delayed in arriving to work Monday.

In the Tokyo-Kanto area, Yokota Air Base services continued uninterrupted, base officials said.

Mail service at Camp Zama has been suspended through Wednesday, base officials announced Sunday. Gas was also unavailable. Residents needing gas were directed to the nearby Sagamihara Depot.

The Zama exchange, commissary and most other services were functioning normally, officials stated.

slavine@pstripes.osd.mil

Stars and Stripes reporters Grant Okubo and T.D. Flack contributed to this report.

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