Japanese Earthquake And Tsunami

Japan Earthquake

Sendai after the tsunami

Early Friday afternoon, Japanese time, a huge earthquake struck the coast the Japan, east of Sendai. It measured 8.9 in magnitude, several thousand times more powerful than the one that ravaged New Zealand last month, and was one the largest quakes every recorded. A devastating tsunami soon followed. My thoughts, sympathies and best wishes go out to everyone affected by this awful catastrophe.

Regular readers will know that I have a strong affinity with Japan. Not only have I travelled there several times but my wife is Japanese, with many relatives and friends there, making this disaster all the more real for me. As dire as everything is though, I have absolute faith in the tenacity of the Japanese people and their ability to recover fully.

I’d like to extend my thanks to everyone who phoned, texted, emailed, tweeted or otherwise messaged me regarding the well-being of my wife’s friends and family. I’m very happy to say that we’ve been in contact with them and they all appear to be safe and sound although somewhat shaken up (pardon the pun). My in-laws are in good spirits and aside from experiencing planned power outages and few broken belongings are otherwise unaffected.

I’ve made a small donation to the Japanese Red Cross via Google’s Crisis Response service. You can find the page here if you want to do the same.


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  1. Yetian says:

    Glad to hear your wife’s family are all ok and my thoughts go out to the families of all those who lost relatives in this disaster.

    I will head over to the site now.

  2. Klepsacovic says:

    Fire in the middle of a flood. Nature taunts us.

    Thank you for the link.

  3. Adam says:

    Yeah, that photo is insane: your house floats away and then burns down. Talk about adding insult to injury.

    Gordon, glad to hear that all your loved ones are ok.

  4. I am relieved to hear you and your wife’s family and friends are safe and sound! This is such a scary disaster!

  5. Jomu says:

    wish there was more we could do :(
    reminds us how much we take for granted and to love our friends and family that much more

  6. coppertopper says:

    Hope your family is well and Japan gets the help they need to get back on their feet. I am so impressed by the interviews I’ve seen of the Japanese and how they are dealing with this epic disaster. The humility and resolve of the people impacted is such a contrast to both Katrina and Haiti.

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