Roxanne Modafferi Japan quake experience

by Roxanne Modafferi | source:

The Great Tohoku Earthquake

So I was on my way to work at about 2:30 and decided to go to the supermarket to grab some kamaboko fish sausages for a snack.

I walk to the register and see a register woman collapsed on the floor, and another staff lady is holding her, crying out, "She collapsed!  She collapsed!"  I'm trying to think of what to do, when I notice a strange sensation.  People are starting to halt their normal motions, and I start feelnig a little nauseous!  I see people looking around, and then stuff on shelves starts moving...

It hits us all that it's an earth quake!  And I don't want to be in the basement of a 8 story building when it hits, that's for sure, especially to feel it standing up?  Usually if you're sitting down you notice it.

I put my fish sausage down somewhere and make my way towards the exit with a few other people.

Then the place freaking starts ROCKING.  People start BOOKING it for the door.  Come on, grandma, ditch the cart!  Like 5 grandmas were like blocking the doors with their carts...

We make it outside and even standing on the pavement, we can feel it.  I look up and see antenae waving back and forth wildly, and I SEE THE FREAKING 7 STORY BUILDING SWAYING compared to the one next to it!!

It was so scary!  The building was moving!  People were pouring out of all the nearby buildings.

Eventually, I went to my office and saw my co-workers with students standing outside.  Turns out that we cancelled classes for the rest of the day.  Well, only two kids showed up and we sent them home.  There were aftershocks, and it was really scary.

I read twitter about how Jewels was cancelled*...what a darn shame!  Man I can't believe all those good fights didn't happen...but there are worse things to worry about.  Like the HUGE damage and loss of life in other places in Japan, tsunamis, omg.  The earthquake was 8.9? in Northern Japan? Wow.

Now I'm at the office still...I cleaned the teacher's room, lol. I'm staying here tonight.

aaarg after shocks are still going on...we are on the 2nd floor.

outside the office during the time of the quake

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*Ed note: •    According to Dan Herbertson and Kuri Kinton, upcoming Shooto, Pancrase, and JEWELS events have all been canceled. Herbertson believes most/all MMA events this month will be canceled.


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3/12/11 1:28 AM by molsonmuscle360

People in Japan are extremely considerate about the well being of others. I have even heard stories today about people stopping at red lights at intersections while trying to get away from the tsunami. And over here you can barely get someone to tell you the goddamn time.

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3/12/11 1:15 AM by evomma

Glad to hear you're OK, Roxy..

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3/11/11 11:49 PM by nostripewhite

Iron Maiden was in Japan for the weekend, their shows have been cancelled as well.

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3/11/11 11:35 PM by Groove Holmes

The bloke in the mask is probably wearing it for hay-fever.It's common now, and at anytime for colds and flu.I'm in Tokyo and was on the train when the quake struck.

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3/11/11 2:25 PM by BruceLeeMMAfighting

Undercover Cobra soldier.

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3/11/11 1:51 PM by BlahBreh

Hmmm... Prolly a smart idea, just don't see that often down here

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3/11/11 1:05 PM by CyborgRoyce

Actually, it's usually because the guy has a cold/flu and doesn't want to spread the virus

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3/11/11 1:04 PM by EBM

Bird Flu

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