From: Chehalis, WA
I live in Oota-ku, Tokyo(near Haneda Airport), Most huge and long continued (3-4minutes?) earthquake I have ever experienced.
I am now out of work, then I stayed home when earthquake happened.
In my room, audio speaker is collapsed and Books and DVDs were scattered over the floor from bookshelf.
But no damage in my house and me, and no missing electrics, gas and water, although telephone line include mobile is confusing.
All trains and highways now stop under Tokyo, Kanto and Tohoku(Nothern area of Japan). All TV networks tells never-ever-seen-before-except-Sumatra2004-Tsunami destroys houses, schools and many cars and ships in Sendai and other Northern Japan area... Fire blasts at Huge gas tank and large steel mill yard in Tokyo Bay-area are burning.
Since Kobe earthquake, This IS truly terrible earthquake disaster in Japan. I hope luck of many people's survive.
Glad you are ok.
It is hard to imagine the power of such a great quake. I've been through several quakes including the Loma Prieta quake near San Francisco in 1989 and that was bad enough.
The video on the news is simply amazing. Large ships deposited on the streets in Sendai, tsunamis sweeping through farmland, a huge oil refinery fire at Ichihara.
I am wondering about Misawa. It lies near the coast and would be subject to tsunamis. I deployed there 3 times and I probably know some of the sailors deployed there now.
Ret Navy AWCS (1972-1998)
VP-5, Jacksonville, Fl 1973-78
ASW Ops Center, Rota, Spain 1978-81
VP-40, Mt View, Ca 1981-87
Patrol Wing 10, Mt View, CA 1987-90
ASW Ops Center, Adak, Ak 1990-92
NRD Seattle 1992-96
VP-46, Whidbey Isl, Wa 1996-98