Today there was a terrible earthquake just north of Tokyo and the subsequent tsunami has wreaked much havoc. First and foremost I hope that there is as little suffering as possible up there.
I was in a meeting in my office and could hear my computer going ping ping ping signaling mail arriving. The rhythm was such that I went over to see what was going on. They were mails from people all over the world kindly asking if I was OK. I felt OK but how do you know if you are dead or not?
I asked my colleagues, mainly Japanese, what was going on and they shrugged their shoulders. We went out into a central lobby type place where 5 or 6 people were watching a TV. Horrendous pictures and film. People just went back to their desks and got on with it. No discussion.
I go back to my office and my email is full of questions. You guys knew about it before I did.
The university is on a hill and overlooks the sea. I run up the stairs to see if there is a wave coming in. I am alone. Everyone else is at their desks.
“Have you got family in Tokyo?”
“Are they OK ?”
” Oh I think so but I haven’t heard from them.”
I drive home along the coast road looking for trouble. The sea is millpondish.
It is now dark so I cannot sea the ocean from the balcony but it sounds flat.