Devastating

As most of the world knows, Japan was hit with an 8.9M earthquake yesterday afternoon. I was at work, in a meeting, and we all looked at each other wondering if what we each individually thought we were feeling was actually what we were feeling. Nagoya is a long way away from Fukushima, so instead of the sharp thumping kind of motion, we felt like we were on a waterbed. Everything just felt kind of squishy.

I am fine. My apartment is fine. My workplace is fine. Nagoya appears to be fine as well. As a matter of fact, everything here appeared to be business as usual today. It was basically business as usual last night. The only thing I worried about yesterday was any impacts due to a tsunami. My workplace is, well, WATERFRONT, so there was reason to be worried. The warning for my area was for a smaller tsunami and it is situated so far up a protected bay that I felt the danger was low. But what do I know. I left work as soon as the first train was available, and walked from Nagoya Station to home. I wasn’t in the mood for a subway.

Surge moving up the Naka River in Ibaraki / Hitachinaka and Mito

I’m still worried about my friends and former colleagues in Ibaraki-ken. It was hit very hard, and there have been a cluster of smaller earthquakes in Ibaraki. I saw the picture above from AFP / Getty Images, which is a bridge over a river in Hitachinaka. You can see the surge of water flowing upstream.

A wide view of the bridge from Google Maps.

Surge moving up the Naka River in Ibaraki / Hitachinaka and Mito

 

A closer view,

Naka River in Ibaraki / Hitachinaka and Mito

 

And the relationship to downtown Mito.

Naka River in Ibaraki / Hitachinaka and Mito

 

This was particularly close to home for me, because I thought that perhaps I had crossed that bridge before when I lived in Mito. On further review, I probably didn’t go over this bridge often, but it certainly made it hit closer to my past experiences. It was still very close to Mito, and I drove alongside the Naka river every day for miles going to work.

Donate to the American Red CrossAs a by product of this earthquake and tsunami, I’ve gotten a lot of hits to my website through search engines. If you read this, please consider making a contribution a charity that will provide relief to the people so severely impacted by this event. I have provided a link to the American Red Cross. Certainly if another charity is more appropriate, do not hesitate to donate.