When in India, I had heard a lot about punctuality of Japanese people. We had a joke going on in India: The ‘S’ in IST stands for 'Stretchable' and not for 'Standard'.
That day, inspite of the clouds, the sky had turned much brighter than usual, no one would have thought what’s coming thier way. Or probably there was no time to think. It just happened in a flash. The clock stopped and the times changed. The temperature saw a surge (more than 3000 C) and almost everything deformed in the heat.