Sunday, March 13, 2011


EARTHQUAKE UPDATES Day 2

8:06am - Thanks and hugs to all who sent messages in all those ways... No more word from Kasumi and family yet, likely no electricity up there in Ibaraki for quite a while, no charging phones, no anything we're all used to... I trust they're well for now in the school gym-- safe, fed, warm and relatively rested... but  the news about those reactors is not good, in fact is getting worse... wonder if those experts have a really safe backup for their formerly safe backup (170,000 to be evacuated from the vicinity so far)...  no point in trying to drive up there, wouldn't even get close and would likely get in the way even if there were roads that went there... the silence is not welcome, though... will post here anything I hear... All night I kept thinking of them, snuggled together in the dark gym, and of Tatsuya leaving his office (right on the ocean in the tsunami area!) immediately after the quake and walking for 7 hours to get home to his family, walking all the way south along the coast during the tsunami, half of the walk in the electricless dark, through the same landscape the whole world has been seeing on the news, arriving 10:30 at night... I didn't sleep much,being more there than here... our hearts to you all, for your love and prayers...


14 comments:

Kalei's Best Friend said...

THANK you for all the updates!. I know u are worried beyond worry.. ((HUGS)) AND keep positive.. I believe in positive energy.. It will be slow going and patience will and is being tested...Now is the time to beat the odds.

Jessica said...

Much love and positive thoughts being sent...the news is sharing the devastating facts, images and destruction - and your updates depict the strength, courage, and love of your family. Thank you.

Jan / Cincinnati, Ohio said...

Relieved that your mountain is intact . . . ; pleased that you are able to post and are doing so; hoping and looking forward to news that the kids and grandkids are well and away from danger.

Sending positive energy, as above, and prayers.

Chancy said...

Joining you in trusting Kasumi and family are "safe,fed and warm in the school gym."

Our world seems so much smaller when disaster strikes those in our blog universe.

Love and prayers to all.

Kimberlye said...

I am with you ~ with Kasumi and T and the three girls, wrapping them with my hope that they are safe, warm, and fed. That they are not frightened (I get the feeling that the girls are finding a way to giggle through it!) Praying that things will settle and begin to heal soon.

annie said...

I too am holding you all in my heart, visualizing them snuggled together, exhausted but safe and well. Tatsuya's tale will be legend....walking 7 hours, risking the tsunami, to reach his family. A good man.

Praying you all are together soon. I look forward to the good news.

Mary Lou said...

And how is Echo holding up through this? IT must be terribly hard to not be able to drive up there and get them. I hope you are awakened by a pounding on your door tonight, and it is them coming home for safety! That has to be just horrible living so close to those reactors. Thank Goodness everyone in your family is safe! Is your son still over here?

Anonymous said...

This may be unreliable, but read that aid is bringing in back up generators. If they can get power back to the plants, they can cool them down.

Containment part is intact. Stay safe. Our thoughts are with you.

Maggie said...

News here says over 200,000 evacuated. Our thoughts are with you and yours.

Joy Des Jardins said...

Thank you so much for the update Bob...the news we get here about the possible number of deaths and the destruction is heartbreaking. My love and thoughts are with you and Echo...and I pray that Kasumi and her beautiful family are safe and warm. God bless you all...

Anonymous said...

May our prayers, love, and good thoughts give you all strength, as your writings here have given us delight through the years.

May our thoughts be the wind beneath your wings, may you all be safe, may you all be well, may you all be happy.

Envisioning a swift reunion for your family, a strong recovery for all affected, a healing that continues.

With every good wish, --Diana Hunt

Tabor said...

If you have a good place for us to send money where you feel it will do the most good, please post. My thoughts are often with your loved ones and I know you want so much to hold them.

karensella said...

Thank you for sharing your updates with us... We're holding you and yours in my heart. May you all experience as much grace and ease as possible during this uncertain time.

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

Oh god, 7 hours through that? I wouldn't be able to sleep either. Glad he's safe, glad they're all safe for now.