• Fukushima


When last Friday’s earthquake hit our city (Fukushima) around 2:40 p.m., I was preparing for a Chinese class. At first I thought it was a usual quake, but it was much stronger and lasted longer than usual. Then a bookshelf fell and I panicked!

My sister lives in Sendai, my oldest brother in Shiogama, and one more brother in Onagawa, which was destroyed almost completely by the tsunami. I cannot contact them by phone yet. Our family stayed at a community center near our house. Personnel at the center helped us a lot and served us meals. The people who stayed there behaved well, too. Our neighbor has a well and we were free to pump water from the well.

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