Friday, March 11, 2011

Sendai 地震

8.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Miyagi-ken (which is the most powerful earthquake to hit Japan on record). As of now, they are confirming 288 dead and 398 missing. My mom still can't get through to her family, but since they are further from the epicenter (Yamanashi and Saitama), we're both hoping that things are OK. My best thoughts to everyone affected.

Screenshots from the NHK World newscast:

Sendai 地震
Sendai 地震
Sendai 地震
Sendai 地震
Sendai 地震

UPDATE March 13: My mom confirmed that our family in Japan is fine (via text message). The death toll has risen to 1217, with thousands missing (including half the population of Minamisanriku). The nuclear reactor situation in Fukishima has also gotten much worse, with fears that partial meltdowns have already occurred.

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