That was the first I knew of this terrible natural disaster. I went to bed early Thursday night as it had been a long and stressful day. The quake hit Japan around 11:30 PM PST. I am really grateful that friends and family let me sleep through the night. However, I am going to change my cellphone number as its area code is not Santa Cruz. I never got the reverse 911 warning for 831 area code.
This so reminds me of the 1989 earthquake in Northern California. The aftermath is that you feel like you are having an out-of-body experience. It was a surreal day. The warning sign over Highway One freeway wasn't about snow at the summit, or another Amber alert, or accident warning. It said in big neon letters, "Tsunami alert still in effect until midnight".
You can imagine how that slowed traffic.
I went down to the small boat harbor to see the damage as BBC International kept talking about Santa Cruz damage and showing helicopter views of boats wandering around having lost their moorings.
I can relate as I had just come from an acupuncture appointment and was not entirely grounded in reality myself. I figured, why not go see the waves?
The police became immediately photogenic and cooperative when I said the photos were for Internet TV. Then the real news showed up: ABC. The problem was there was really nothing to see as the damaged boats had sunk. The harbor was closed and the police were concerned that more significant waves would come in and flood out my favorite breakfast haunt, Aldo's.
I pray for Japan.