Saturday, March 19, 2011

Reno native Sean Connolly now calls Odawara Home

Odawara, Kanagawa

Friday we made contact with some locals now living in areas affected by the earthquake and tsunamis, to hear what they have witnessed in the last 24 hours.

Many people in those coastal regions said the mood is very reserved and very tense. Those actually in Japan, and those here in the US said it was a surreal thing to experience an earthquake like that, and not something that is easy to get over.

"The truth is I am still a little bit shaky from the whole situation," Reno native Sean Connolly said in a phone interview from Japan. "It has gotten to the point where I can't tell if it's an aftershock, or if it's just me shaking."

Connolly lives in Odawara, Japan--about 300 miles southwest of the epicenter of the earthquake. He said when the 8.9 magnitude quake struck outside Japan, it left people world-wide physically and emotionally shaken.

"All the emotions of fear and what-ifs came after I was safe," Connolly said, "and my brain just processed it. That's when I started to realize that it was really happening."

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