Local Japanese attempt to contact loved ones

By: Chad Mills Email
By: Chad Mills Email

News 12 at six o'clock, Friday, March 11, 2011

EVANS, Ga.---News 12 watched as Kimi Orr tried to contact her family for the third time. She lives in Evans, but they live in Osaka and Tokyo. With the phone to her ear, she waited for an answer. All the while, the images she and her husband saw that morning were all too vivid.

"He said wake up to watch the TV," she said. "It's awful. I woke up then looked at the TV. It was unbelievable."

She said that eventhough most Japanese people are used to earthquakes, this 8.9 magnitude quake was not an ordinary one.

"I just look at [it] from here," she told News 12. "I'm not there, you know, so it's unbelievable."

Across town at the same time, Hidemi Matasumoto was doing the same thing. She frantically tried to contact her mother and father who live near Tokyo.

"At that time, I just really didn't know what to do. I called but no one answered. I mailed but no one answered," she said.

But finally, her mother e-mailed back. After riding out the shockwaves brought by the earthquake, her mother was scared---but fine.

Back at Orr's home, she didn't share that same good fortune, but she knows thousands of other Japanese-Americans are experiencing the same thing right now.

"Everybody that are Japanese here, most [have] family in Japan, so I think everybody [is] worried about that," she said.

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