8.4 Magnitude Earthquake in Japan

Before going to bed, Y and I heard about the quake, fires and tsunamis in Japan. We are now watching NHK on the local PBS.

The damage which is still unfolding is terrible. We saw burning debris riding a tsunami wave as it over ran fields, homes and roads with people driving on them. We saw the oil refinery near our friend’s parents’ home burn savagely before it exploded. People are stranded in trains and away from home. Huge ships were lifted as if by Poseidon’s hand out of harbor onto pier and shore. Electricity is out in Tokyo and many other places. People are out in the streets moving about–much better sight than the extensive damage along the coast.

Upgraded magnitude to 8.8–the biggest recorded earthquake to hit Japan. Aftershocks are expected for the next month. Airports and trains are shutdown.

We hope for the best for our friends and all of the Japanese people.

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