An 8.9 earthquake hit the east coast of Japan this afternoon. Tsunamis are reported all over the region, including a 10 meter high wave that hit Sendai.
So far our area has been unaffected. Phone and cell phone service is spotty however, so we are unable to reach friends in Sendai, Yamagata, and Tokyo, and it may be difficult to reach us.
In any case, we are OK here, if anyone is wondering.
In other news, we are in the process of moving to Yamagata. Doug will be driving with the cat on Friday the 18th, and L'Shawn and Naomi will be traveling in style and comfort on the shinkansen (bullet train) the next day.
Meanwhile, we're trying to get ready to move. This consists mostly of running around like a couple of hyperactive bees that have been chasing down sugar cubes with really strong espresso for the last week without any sleep. It is entirely possible that some of our stuff may actually have made it into some of these boxes that seem to have materialized in every corner of our tiny apartment...
-> Doug, L'Shawn, Naomi, and Chihiro