As usual, at 7 a.m., I turned on the television to "Good Morning America." The big news is the big earthquake in Japan.
I found out quickly that it was in the northeastern part of Honshu, the big island.
Of course, I was wondering about my relatives in Tokyo.
I figured the power would be out, but then I saw some guy on Skype from Tokyo talking to the "GMA" folks.
Never miss a local story.
So I got on Skype and my cousin Kotoe was online. So we called her.
But her mother said it was scary. The aftershocks were very, very strong. She said she'd never felt an earthquake like that. She said she was holding on to furniture.
They just lost a couple of glass knick-knacks that fell off shelves.
Kotoe was laughing when she said all the neighbors ran out in the street, some of them without their shoes.
Just like here, Japanese television is showing footage of the damage. She laughed again when she said the TV announcers were wearing hard hats!
It's 14 hours ahead of us, so it's almost midnight.
Kotoe's sister and her family are OK, too. But Hiromi's daughter, Miho, who works in midtown Tokyo, spent the night in the office. The trains and subways have closed and the taxis were all full. I think Miho is safter where she is than trying to get home.
Right now, everything seems fine, but the aftermath is going to be devastating. From what I've been seeing, the tsumani that hit Japan after the quake affected much of the rural farmland.
We'll see in the next few weeks.