@Copyu - Japan Earthquake/Tsunami
Copyu, I do hope that you, your family and friends are safe and back together following the earthquake. I saw footage at the time of the quake taken in Ushiku which if I'm right is over your way. That looked very frightening, a very long shake/shakes, I can't imagine what that was like. And today serious earthquakes in Niigata, I guess that's a separate event......so unnerving.
As for the tsunami..... words fail me. I haven't heard yet whether people were able to evacuate or how the tsunami warning systems worked, let's hope lots of people got away. I must say compared to the Kobe earthquake the promptness of the officials, the willingness to accept overseas help etc is great. A NZ USAR crew is on its way this evening (One from Japan just left Christchurch last night)
I'm booked to lead a fortnight's tour from March 28, but that will have to be assessed. Kiwis are rather earthquake wary with 2 major quakes in Christchurch in the last 6 months.
You are in my thoughts.