Shimane, Japan
My name is Melissa and I am a 22 year old American living in rural Japan. I graduated with a degree in International Studies and Japanese Language and now work as an ALT (assistant language teacher) through the JET Program.
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Eathquake in Japan

So as most people are aware there was and 8.9 earthquake off the coast of Northeast Japan. This resulted in a Tsunami that cause massive destruction from Tokyo, to Sendai to Aomori. I live in Osaka prefecture so I am very far away from where this occurred. I did feel the earthquake at around 3:30 on Friday March 11th. I was sitting in my dormitory when the closets started to sway and it began to feel vaguely like we were on a ship. This lasted only 1 to 2 minutes. Following this we all just went about our normal lives and it wasn't until that evening that I found out about the Tsunami and destruction north of Tokyo. My heart is broken. I stayed pretty isolated from the news at first, but it is difficult to avoid now. I can't stand to see my second home in trouble and the people I have come to love suffering. I feel so helpless. Tomorrow I am going to try and find a donation site to donate some water or blankets. I just want to feel like I am doing something. I love you Japan. Stay strong!


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