I was drifting off to sleep tonight when I heard mention of the 8.9 earthquake off of the coast near Sendai, Japan. My parents live about 180 miles north of Sendai in Aomori Prefecture.
Not too surprisingly, I haven’t been able to get through to my parents, but I’ve seen statements that the US military base on Misawa came through relatively unscathed, so I’m fairly confident my parents are okay too. One of my cousins is a physician in Sendai; I’m sure she’ll be busy.
My parents live about 10 miles inland from Hachinohe. Hachinohe is the port city in Aomori Prefecture that’s been getting a lot of the media attention tonight. Right now I’m watching NHK TV’s live news coverage of the earthquake and I’m astounded at the pounding Hachinohe is taking, mostly from the monstrous tsunami waves that hit this port city. I have cousins in this city as well. The damage looks substantial; I can’t imagine what the human casualties will be.
It’s still winter time in that part of Japan; the forecast for tonight and tomorrow is for snow.