For those of you who aren't on FaceBook, just wanted to let you know we're all okay. Very minor damage, one of my kokeshi dolls lost her head, drawers and cabinets flung open, and there's one big crack in my dining room wall.
I'm worried about Meg, who is at her dad's in Guam. They've been ordered to evacuate ahead of the predicted tsunami, but her dad thinks they'll be safe in their 11th floor apartment. Obviously I am NOT okay with that decision. They're condo is directly on the beach. But there's not much I can do from here, except pray that he's right.
Narita airport is closed, and Sendai airport has literally been washed out, so lots of planes got diverted to our tiny airport here on the base, so we're packed to the gills with jumbo airliners. I feel sorry for all those people trapped on the planes, who knows for how long. And you know they're not getting a clear story about what's going on, it must be terrifying not knowing what's happening.
This is all very surreal, I can't quite wrapped my mind around everything I'm seeing and hearing. I was at work as the quake struck. People were jumping out of windows in my building. The ground seemed to shake forever. It was only about 4 minutes I think, but it felt like 40 minutes to me. We were allowed to leave work right then, but I stayed for a while to help with safety checks. Phones were out for quite a while, still no cell service right now. Still feeling pretty powerful aftershocks. I'm used to earthquakes after 3.5 years here in Japan, but this one was really scary. Maybe because of the one that just hit New Zealand? Not sure, but this one scared the crap out of me. But, we're all okay.