Julia, outbound to Japan

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Hello from Kurayoshi, aka the epicenter of the 21st's 6.2 magnitude earthquake! Let me begin by saying that, as of now, I'm absolutely fine and safe in bed. The quake happened at around 2:00pm, while I was in school. You never realize how sudden these things happen until-all in a matter of seconds- your books have been thrown from your desk and your classmates are running for cover. To make a long story short: the school's foundation cracked, so we were evacuated into the baseball field where we stayed for around 2 hours until our parents came to pick us up. My mother and I arrived home to a war zone. Almost all of her fine china and glassware had been thrown from shelves and the hutch, so there was broken glass everywhere in the kitchen, luckily all electronics in the house had been spared, but somehow the quake managed to shatter the porcelain on one of the toilets. Anything on a shelf was thrown off, and, strangest of all, the concrete on the driveway over the gutter cracked. My mother was so, so admirable and strong, in the face of such a personal disaster. I really admire and respect her courage and initiative, given the stress of the situation. It was all a very surreal experience. Even now, 4 days later, aftershocks are still happening every hour or so. Laying here in bed, I can feel the earth healing herself, and I can hear the deep bass coming from underneath. It's very strange to witness, especially seeing that I have only lived on the US east coast my entire life until this year, and this really opened my eyes to the trauma of an earthquake; that the one thing that was constantly stable throughout your life is now untrustworthy and terrifying, with your mind thinking that nowhere can be safe if the very ground underneath you is the danger. But minds will be minds and tend to get carried away, so my logical side reassures me with the fact that I am safe and that I know what to do and who to talk to if, for whatever reason, I feel unsafe. I will end with saying thank you to everyone in Rotary for giving me the confidence to feel completely safe in this trying situation, and for giving my family and friends peace of mind for concerns of my safety. Well, it's very late, and it's been a long, long day, so I will sleep now, and pray for Earth to be healed in the morning. Good night all!