Alive and well.

I’ve been off the radar for a while trying to study Japanese more intensely. However with today’s 8.9 earthquake, I thought that I’d just pop online to let everyone know that I’m still alive and well.

I’m on the west coast of the southern island of Kyushu (pronounced “Q-shoe”), which is about as far as you can get away from the epicenter. On the emergency maps on the news, I am in a no risk area. I felt nothing as I was walking home from school.

According to the Japanese news, there have actually been a sequence of earthquakes along the northern coast of Honshu (“hawn-shoe”) measuring around 8.8, 7.8, and 5.6 (there were around 7 epicenters on the graphic I saw, but didn’t get to count them all before the video changed), these will probably be classified as aftershocks, but they were really strong. Japan gets a lot of earthquakes, so their news department is really on top of developments. Currently they’re showing the relatively light damage from the quakes and the total devastation caused by the subsequent tsunamis which have swept across the coastline. Compounding this is the the fact that night has fallen, so all emergency work must be done in the dark.

It’s hard to get a full picture of the situation as my poor Japanese ability can’t keep up with the rapid fire news hosts. From the way it looks on the news, it’s going to be pretty devastating.

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2 Responses to “Alive and well.”

  1. Frank Says:

    Mike-san,

    Yay – just wanted to make sure.. The aftershocks seem incredibly strong. Sci-Fi-like news reports/video are horrifying. Everyone here is fearing the worst (and doing much surmising) re: the potential for nuclear material being released due to dodgy electrical power feeds for the fuel-core cooling systems at the 2 Fukushima nuclear plants.

    The latest seems to suggest that the worst potential problems have been averted for now.

    Glad to hear you’re safe!! Stay that way.

  2. Noah Says:

    Good to hear you guys are OK. I’m still planning on making my trip to Tokyo at the end of the month as long as the area is safe and the infrastructure continues to be OK. I hear there are rolling blackouts in Tokyo but I figure we’re there to look at bonsai and bonsai don’t need electricity :).

    This is scary stuff, even for Californians that are used to earthquakes, we’re definitely thinking about the people in Japan and all the people affected by this.

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