The recent earthquake/tsunami which struck northern Japan region area has been recorded to be the number one earthquake disaster since their 1930's earthquake. On Friday, March 11, 2011 at 2:25pm, an earthquake with a magnitude of 9.0, shook Japan's northeastern coastline. The initial shake lasted several minutes which felt like an eternity. As if that wasn't enough, a 13-foot tsunami wave washed cars and tore away buildings along the coast near the epicenter. I do not live near Miyagi Prefecture where the epicenter appeared to be. However, the strong quake was felted throughout Japan mainland. Many foreigners have left Japan for their own safety. My families and friends have urged me to come home for a while until things settle down. We do not plan on leaving but are watching the news closely. If situations get out of control, we will.