12.3.11

Japan M8.9 Earthquake 2 days later—My family Update

I have been following Japanese news media all night, and also speaking with my mother about earthquake. Kyoto where my mother is not affected and now one of my brother is back home from Tokyo. My other brother went to Nagano in the morning of March 11th for band practice. He might be having problem getting back to Kyoto but he is ok. Hopefully he will come back safely.

This is definitely the biggest earthquake ever hit Japan. The Japanese government states the combined number for deaths and missing are 1700 people and it is expecting to rise (Mar 12th, 9am EST). Tens of thousands of people in affected area are still waiting for a rescue, among those who can move they are headed South. Food, water, electricity and other necessary items are very limited, people are fighting with very cold climate, hunger and sleepless nights. Japanese rescue groups are having great deal of difficulties getting through those impacted areas by road due to the debris. I saw people are rescued by helicopter last night. North of Japan continues to have smaller earthquakes rage between Magnitude 2-6, tsunami warnings are still in effect making the rescue sometimes impossible. The expert says they are still not out of danger, Japan will expect frequent earthquakes for months to come... There are earthquakes happening in Japan as I write!

Other concerns are Fukushima's nuclear plant. One of the plant has been overheated due to failure of cooling system. Actually, one of the nuclear machine exploded, 3 people within 20km area has been exposed to radiation now. Those people are hospital workers and patients waiting for the rescue. Most of the people around the nuclear plant has been evacuated. I am not sure what will be the consequences for nuclear leakage... News organizations are waring people not to go outside, wear hats and do not expose skin right now...

It is unbelievable to see the devastation M8.9 earthquake has caused in Northern Japan. The whole villages has completely washed away, we can't even tell where the land has been. My mother said we are still very fortunate that the earthquake did not hit the major cities, such as Tokyo. The most affected areas are seaside cities and villages that has smaller population. However, it does not change the fact that we are still in the state of emergency. I don't know how long, no one knows the complete picture yet...all we can do is pray that all the rescue effort will go smoothly, and find survivors and get the care and supplies that they need as soon as possible.

For those would like to help go to these sites, any amount will help:



I will resume my regular blogging tomorrow.

15 comments:

Angel and Kirby said...

Sachie, I can not imagine the fear and worry you went through till you reached your Mom. It is such a terrible disaster in Japan now. WE are purring and praying for your homeland!

Love Meow said...

This is absolutely devastating. I have not been able to get in touch with my friends and relatives there in Japan. The phone line is completely dead. The power is prob out over there, so email isn't working for them. They are located in Tokyo, so I have a feeling that they are doing ok. Also there are many furfriends that may be homeless in the devastated areas... the cat island is most likely destroyed... my heart is broken... I am praying for miracles...

Keisha said...

My thoughts go out to you and all your loved ones, and everyone in Japan.

KnottedFingers said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and everyone in Japan.

It's absolutely devastating and heartbreaking to watch the videos

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Sachi, I am glad your family is safe and I am praying for those in the quake and tsunami area.

Pattyskypants said...

We is purraying for efurry Japan kitteh and their families! xxoo Bhu

Sachi, we can't imagine how worried you must be! Sabryin and I hope your family and friends over there have been spared and that no additional devastation occurs! xxoo Patty

Katie and Da Katz said...

Sachi, we am glad ur fambly am okay... we am purring fur effurryone who am been hurted...

Katie Too

susanbellnc said...

I can't imagine what it must be like, having family in an area that is going through such a tragedy right now. My thoughts continue to be with you, your family and all those affected by the earthquake and it's aftermath...including the many pets who are also affected.

Elizabetha Souvre said...

My heart is broken because i love and admire your country and your colture.I´m Chilean, my country had a terrible Earthquake and Tsunami last year, i lived in the worst zone.I can understand the devastation, the fear and the sadness.

I´m very happy because when i saw the news I thought about you and your family.Happily they are fine.Thank God.

I Will pray for your people, our brothers, for the pets, and animals for everyone...every day and night...

Kisses and all my hope

LIZ

Jacqueline said...

Sachie, we are very relieved to hear your family is safe and send prayers and purrs for all the people and animals that have been affected by this terrible disaster...Big hugs, sweet friends...J, Calle, Halle, Sukki

Cris said...

So good to hear, Sachie. We will keep them in our thoughts!

Cris

IndyRose said...

List of organizations to contribute to help Japan can be found at http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/03/12/help-victims-devastating-earthquake-tsunami-japan/

Dana said...

I am glad to hear that your family are safe. It is a terrible situation there right now i can imagine.

Missi said...

So heart-breaking. Sending lots of love and prayers to Japan, friend and fur alike!

meowmeowmans said...

I am glad to hear your family is safe, Sachie. I have heard from my cousins, and they, too are okay.

We will keep praying and purring for the people and animals of Japan.

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