I can hardly express what it means that so many have stopped here to let me know they were thinking of me and my family. If you could see me, you would see me bowing in deeply felt thanks for your concern.
If there are typos in this, I hope you will overlook it. My hands are still shaking. The report from Kyoto news service has just said over a thousand dead. And that is only a beginning estimate--the bodies have only begun to wash ashore.
My husband and children are safe--and I am selfishly grateful and horribly guilty. The quake hit at 2:46pm. All I can think of is that that's when school gets out. I can hardly bear to think of how many children were stuck at school or already on their way home. First graders would have been on their way home, like my daughter.
More than 80.000 are said to be missing.