Chicagoan, journalist recount quake from Tokyo

March 11, 2011 8:02:48 PM PST
Jeff Suzuki, a Chicago-area resident who lives in Japan was in Tokyo when the quake hit.

Damage in Tokyo is minimal. But a large section of the city is without power. And both landline and mobile phone service is spotty.

"I think the quake hit around 2:30ish. I was at my aunt and uncle's place in Tokyo. And then I was actually sitting down looking at my computer and then the first tremor hit and from there, everything was kind of shaking," Suzuki said. "My aunt and my cousin who were both upstairs came down, you know, 10, 15 seconds later. The tremors were quite -- they're more intense upstairs and they kind of come downstairs. We all decided to go outside. The shaking started intensifying and from there, once we got outside, it was really quite wobbly. The best way I can put it is you really felt all keel and vulnerable that you really couldn't control what was going on."

Journalist in Tokyo skypes with ABC7

Rosa Yum just moved to Tokyo from Pennsylvania last month. The PR Newswire journalist was at her desk when the quake hit.

"It was around 2:45 when we were in the offices that we felt the first tremor. Tremors are not that uncommon in Japan so we didn't think much about it. After a minute when the tremor didn't stop and the building started to shake violently, that is when we realized we have to duck under our desks," Yum said.

"We did that for about three minutes but it felt like eternity. After that we got out from under our desk and looked out our office window and we are on the ninth floor and we found a lot of people walking out from the train station. It didn't seem like people were too anxious because it had just happened and the quake had ended. We didn't realize the magnitude of this."

Yum said another quake led them to duck under desks again. Although the second quake was shorter, Yum said she and her colleagues knew it was bad.