from josh

March 13, 2011
Hi,

Thank you to everyone who wrote emails asking about us.

It took me 10 and 1/2 hours to do a 2 hour trip, but I finally got home.

Erin and Tomomi are fine.

Our town does not yet have water and gas stations are not open. Our building had minor structural damage, but nothing serious. Earthquakes and tremors are continuous. One nuclear power plant exploded about 75 miles from here and another near it will probably explode. The one that did released radioactive gas and water into the environment. The other will most likely be worse.

The tsumanis were worse than the Indian Ocean one. Japanese TV is showing video of them from the surevilance cameras. They also show bodies being stacked up after recovery. Death officially at this point are around 2000 but estimates indicate 10,000 or more.

I have more to write, especially about the experience returning home. But I am still tired and the small tremors make me feel a little seasick. Plus we are expecting power outages soon so I have things to do around here.

I will write throughout the day and the next few if time and electricity permit.

Thank you all for your emails and prayers.

Josh
Josh is a dear friend of mine and Aunt Susan's, and my host when I visited Japan a few years back. Ugh.