by liberal japonicus
While I haven't mentioned where I live in Japan, perhaps you've now heard of it as we now have an earthquake named after us! I was in the UK when the quake struck, but the wonders of modern technology, I was able to contact my wife immediately after the first one and, when my facebook feed blew up after the magnitude 7 second quake, I messaged my wife while she was still under the table. I was also overseas when the 2011 Tohoku tsunami struck, so I'm 2 for 2 being overseas when disasters strike Japan.
I got back last night and our house was fine and the neighborhood didn't have so much damage, so it's hard for me to imagine what had happened, but I went to my university, which is being used as an evacuation center (we have a social welfare department that deals with handicapped, so our school is barrier free and can handle wheelchairs) and saw that there was certainly more than enough suffering to go around. The death toll at the moment is 42, which to my American mind seems astonishingly small, but the news reports invest that number with a weight that makes it seem like a lot more. Anyway, in a week or so, maybe a post about disaster relief and recovery. While there has been a phenomenal amount of volunteer effort going on, if you ask me what you could do, I'd suggest you hug your loved ones or take an extra beat or three to appreciate them.