Waking up to the news about the tragedy in Japan wasn't the way I, or anybody, would want to start their day. I had to take my Father to a doctor's appointment (he's doing pretty much fantastic) and it was hard to focus on that with this news coming out of Japan. I've heard directly from Jeff Lilly (Close friend and studio mate of mine, hatrax on the Vulne Pro blog. Jeff lives in Japan and he may weigh in at some point as well on the Vulne blog) and seen posts and tweets from several other folks I know in Japan hearing they're all OK, however that doesn't diminish the tragedy and loss for those who were not so lucky.
Just hearing, literally now, about an 6.6 earthquake in Nagano Japan O_o
Our hearts go out to those in Japan who are weathering this disaster and those that have been lost. May you be safe over there and best with the road to recovery. Rest in peace to those lost
Unfortunately this doesn't look to be over.
Nature can be an awesomely frightening and cruel thing at times
Edit: I found myself at a loss when I posted the initial update earlier... and I'm still, rather at a loss right now. I've been glued to CNN, BBC (web feed), and Twitter, social networking, etc since I got home from my Father's doctor's visit. What strikes me is the surreal, yet devastating, nature of the footage that is all too real. This isn't some stupid Hollywood disaster flick. The weather has been chaotic, as the planet has been changing, and it can be awe striking in it's cruel raw power. Japan is a country well prepared for such disasters but this one is beyond forecasted estimations. We can only be so prepared and so vigilant. With daylight arriving in Japan the true scope of this disaster will become apparent and I don't expect it will be any less heartbreaking. Again our hearts go out to those in Japan during what will be a terribly rough time.
For those that can, you can donate to the Red Cross for disaster relief here: [link]