There's something particularly dreadful about waking up to a natural disaster across the world in a place we have troops and friends. The 8.9 earthquake is the largest in Japan's recorded history, the fifth largest in the world since 1900 and has triggered a tsunami warning for Hawaii and down the US West Coast.
This story has a great run down of how the quake has affected US bases in the area. In Hawaii tsunami sirens have been running and people have been told to move to higher ground. Many US bases in Japan reported taking precautionary measures by sending personnel home, the story says, others experienced nothing (like our friend John Avelis in Sasebo) and Yokota AFB was receiving flights diverted from Tokyo. At Misawa AFB in the North of the country phones and internet are down, tsunamis were seen miles inland and reports were few, the story reports.
Keeping all in Hawaii and Japan in our thoughts and prayers. Feel free to leave your messages of well wishes here in the comment section.
If you are in Hawaii or Japan please let us know and share your story! What is disaster response like on a military base? What are you experiencing?