I had a lighter story ready to go for today, but I just couldn't post it. I'm hearing numbers like 10,000 people estimated dead from the earthquake, nuclear reactors at risk of exploding, shortages of food, water, protection from the cold.
We haven't been able to contact my aunt, uncle and cousins since that one very brief phone call that incredibly went through. I imagine they aren't able to stay at their house since my aunt said it showed a lot of cracks in the walls and damage. They were also worried about more aftershocks bringing the house down on them.
Our dear friend in Tokyo who we lovingly call Sam has offered to do everything in his power to help my relatives in Sendai with food, clothing or whatever they need. However, we don't even know where our relatives are now.
Life goes on here in Hawaii. We're going about our everyday activities which I will post tomorrow, but not today. My heart is just too heavy.
I just got an e-mail from one of my cousins in Tokyo this morning:
"Yesterday, we received cellphone-mail from Tomoko (Sendai cousin).
Communication lines are not stable.
Tomochan said that her family is fine in car still now, though they cannot use electric nor gas nor water.
We are informed that we cannot personally deliver any goods to Miyagi now. (Many of the roads are closed.)
The thing we can do is donation and economize on electric power."
It was wonderful to hear something. Not knowing and not being able to do anything is just the worst thing!