Mar 11 2011
Around 3PM this afternoon the earth shook. And shook, and shook. Having been through the Northridge quake, it took a while for it to sink in that this quake was on an altogether different scale. When I turned on the television, I was horrified as I watched the Tsunami hit Northeastern Japan live. It was horrific. Unfortunately the casualty tolls will be much higher than currently confirmed. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families of this horrible disaster.
For those who might know some of us personally, our little network of friends here in Tokyo have managed to contact each other, everyone is fine, albeit a bit frazzled from the combination of Earthquakes and the complete shutdown of Tokyo’s transit system.
As I write this, nearly 12 hours after the quake hit, we are still being shaken by significant aftershocks.
In Tokyo at least, amazing building codes, engineering, emergency planning and everyone’s strong sense of cooperation means things were remarkably orderly in the face of a horrific disaster. Again, our thoughts go out to everyone affected by this large disaster, across the entire Pacific Rim.