I’m sure you know that we had the strongest earthquake in (recorded) Japanese history on Friday. I was in the lab when it happened. Minutes of really strong shaking – I can’t come up with a comparison for people who don’t have experience with earthquakes. Afterwards the lab looked like a battlefield, but no-one was hurt. We had to leave the building for a while but then were allowed to go back to get our stuff. Power was off, but otherwise I didn’t see much damage: the worst was broken glass and a few cracks in roads or building sides. I spent the night from Friday to Saturday at the nearest “Designated Refuge Area”, the Sanjo-machi Junior High School. Saturday morning was confusing (no-one knew what to do, no power, mobile network still overloaded) but otherwise fine. When reports about problems at the nuclear power plant in Fukushima started to come was when I started to worry. The last night I slept in the dorm again: My own bed is warmer and more comfortable than the school’s gym, the supply situation was about the same and a bunch of friends were there, too, actually we ate dinner together. The sense of community we have is a really nice side of the disaster situation. Today things are looking better: We got enough food and drinks, in the afternoon I went to Aobayama campus with a few friends to recharge our phones and gather firewood, because we weren’t expecting normal power supply back for a few more days. Shortly after we came back power was restored, we have running water again, and now internet works, too. The only remaining worry is the Fukushima power plant, I get different reports, some saying it’s getting better, others it’s not and we need to get away as soon as possible. More later (hopefully soon), just wanted to let you know I’m alright.