I was shocked on Friday morning to hear about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. It struck off the east region of Honshu (the Main island of Japan). Knowing that most of my family and friends are from the west side of Japan, I wasn't panicking. Yet, the first thing came up to my mind was my brother, who currently lives in the south of Tokyo. I was able to get hold of my mother and was advised that he was alright. I was so relieved. I was able to talk to my brother via Mixi (The largest Japanese social media site) and he told me the story of his day, which was terrifying.
Another person that I was worried, was Takuya. I studied at ESL with him five years ago and he currently lives in Sendai, one of the most affected regions. According to a mutual friend, who spoke with his brother, Takuya and his family were safely evacuated. Sadlythough, his house was completely destroyed and floating in the water.
The earthquake has killed hundreds of people, and there are more missing as well as numerous people and families that are stranded with little in the way supplies or aid. They are still experiencing a number of smaller earthquakes and fear another possible impending tsunami. It is going to be a long fight for them to get back to their normal lives. Now is the time for us to help them get through this. According to Yahoo Canada, there are a number of Canadian organizations that are collecting donations:
I can't stop thinking about what would have happened if this had occurred in my hometown. Although my family and friends are all fine, there is a staggering number of people in need of help. They remain plagued with the fear of more possible earthquakes and tsunamis. We can't predict accurately what nature has in store for Japan. But we can help these people from Canada. Let's do our part.
P.S Thank you so much to those who contacted me to make sure that my family in Japan is fine. I want to thank you all on behalf of my family. We will do our part from Japan and here in Toronto.