Friday, March 18, 2011

Earthquake in Japan

March 11th, 2011 the 5th largest earthquake ever recorded hit our host country of Japan.  Aside from really freaking out my middle daughter, and shaking us all up for a bit our family, is fine.
We’ve been watching and reading for over a week now all the news and information that comes at us in all directions.  We were the first to see horrifying images of people being swept away with their homes by the tsunami, from the Japanese stations.  We get the sensationalistic news from America flashing across the screen in redish-orangish-silver glamour…….JAPAN’S NUCLEAR CRISIS! Finally, our Air Force base shifted immediately into high gear supporting rescue efforts.  Our normal routine is centered around night shifts and volunteer hours, while the base commander continually reassures us of our safety.
It is an understatement to say that people around here are stressed out.  Rumors are flying around base like wildfire.  Everything from, “We are going to run out of toilet paper.” To “be sure to have your kids shower off the radiation after they get home from school.”  I wonder why I have a headache every night before I go to bed?  Oh yeah…..that’s why.
Yesterday the state department announced that VOLUNTARY evacuations out of Japan are being arranged for people who on their own merit want to leave their host country. Our base commander has told us that there is no threat or danger at Yokota. This is just something offered to those that need/want it.  My husband and I have decided to keep our family in Japan for now.  There are no abnormal levels of radiation where we are and we are almost 200 miles away from the nuclear plants.  We trust fully in our base leadership that they will evacuate us immediately if the situation becomes too dangerous.
My hope is that everyone will not stop praying for the thousands of Japanese that have lost loved ones and homes.  Although I may have been known to say on this blog that I didn’t like moving to Japan, there is nothing like an unprecedented natural disaster that brings life into a clearer perspective. In the face of a frightening earthquake, a devastating tsunami, and an unpredictable nuclear situation, the entire country is calm and orderly.  There are no riots or looting.  There aren’t guns and mayhem in the shelters.  As far as I can see, Japan is a model example of how any country should act and respond to such overwhelming adversity. 
I guess what it all comes down to is that in 7 short months, I have started to fall in love with my new home in Japan.
I love the people.

I love learning about the fascinating culture.

I am not sure I will ever understand the language, but I am trying.

The food….ummmm…well, it is mostly good.  Hey….I am trying!!!

Please take a moment out of your day to lift a prayer to all the people in Japan.  If you are able, donate money.  Money is the best way to help the Japanese get exactly what they need.  If you donate “stuff”, the “stuff”, needs to be shipped, stored, sorted, delivered, etc…..just adding more work to the already monumental task of recovery.  Your local Red Cross is a great place to start and you can even donate online.
Finally, I don’t think I am actually physically able to have a blog post end on a serious a note.  I caught this little cartoon that explains the nuclear problem in a funny way.  While I don’t want to make light of the situation I think we can all use a little humor to de-stress.  Plus, you can show it to your kids!!!

American Red Cross Donation Information

For a good source of up to date news….
For information on Yokota Air Force Base……
Yokota Air Force Base Facebook Page


  1. Thank you for loving Japan! I really hope things will be settle down. I really believe we can go through. I just want to do anything I can think of, to do for the people there.

  2. Very nice post.
    I like the cartoon.

  3. This is very well written and I loved the pictures! Will share it with friends. MOM

  4. Your blog inspires and gives hope. The decission to remain on the island is courageous--but a statement of your conviction and faith! I continue to pray for the country I too called home...several life times ago--a year of my childhood. Blessings to you, Brian and the Girlies!

  5. Love the video at the end, and love your decision to stay. Very brave!

    Another great organization doing relief work is CRASH Japan ( Just wanted to put their name out there!

  6. SO glad your family is ok! I have been glued to the television since this happened. The grace the Japanese people have been handling the disaster should be emulated across the world! Keep safe!

  7. Thank you for passing by my blog earlier today. I also want to thank you for this post. I have to admit I have been extremely worried for the people of Japan. I'm glad to hear that not all areas have been devastated and will hold Japan up in prayer. Stay safe *Hugs*

  8. Thank you for the update. I'm so glad to hear that your family is doing well and the Air Force is taking good care of you. We will continue to pray for Japan and do what we can to help from here ($).

  9. Nice blog, Lynnie...have been thinking about all the folks over there, including you guys of course...Love and light to all the people...Karyn

  10. Glad you and your family are safe and you are starting to love where you are. Being in the moment is crucial! We are sending $$$, raised through the kids school, to the red cross. So far the kids have raised over $350.

    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a touching comment too!