People at the ViBi office are still waiting for the trains to start running so they can go home. Matsumoto is okay–he was in Yamagata closer to the center but farther from the ocean. Still haven’t heard anything about Hori or his family in Sendai. He lives quite far from the ocean, but the quake could have been a problem to his somewhat old apartment building.
Mary Esther was coming home and had been off the train for six minutes when it hit. She was walking from the train station and had to hold on to a bush to stay on her feet. I was riding it out on the sixth floor, crouched between a shelf and a sturdy table, talking on the phone finishing up getting our new internet connection registered for our new apartment, listening to things falling around the apartment. (Turns out it was good I stayed on the line–people who tried to dial out afterward weren’t able to call.)
One of the pictures I saw–a wave of debris sweeping through fields, with cars, houses, and even floating rings of fire in its path, had “Sendai” on the inset map. That means these are places I probably have been. Pray for the people who were in its path. (We left there yesterday, and were actually thinking of leaving there today instead. Of course we’re thankful for God’s protection, but not a very happy kind of thanks when we see what happened to people there.)