Friday, March 11, 2011

Prayers and Santa Monica Sunshine

The texts and phone calls started rolling in around 4:30 a.m. this morning from concerned friends and family. At the time I had no idea the destruction that hit Japan and was just trying to sleep. After about the third call I realized what y'all on the east coast already knew. A huge earthquake hit Japan and a tsunami was headed my way.

I realized that my apartment is far enough away from the ocean, with a mountain in-between, so I stopped worrying that I would be swept away. However, where I work is about 200 yards from the beach in Santa Monica. I got online and reports said there should be little to no damage in SoCal, but that they were evacuating the beaches just to be safe.

Going to work this morning felt a little strange. It just felt wrong to head towards the beach when I knew there was a tsunami coming. Thankfully, by the time I got to work the waves had hit and caused no damage. It was about a seven foot surge and as far as I know, no one was hurt and nothing was damaged. Whew!

Our Friday intern is from Japan and we anxiously waited for her to come in to see how her family and friends are back home. Everyone is ok! We let out a big sigh of relief and are now sending our thoughts and prayers to those less fortunate.

I thought I'd share a peaceful picture of the Santa Monica Pier. I think we've all seen enough images of destruction and it might be nice to see something beautiful.

Love, hugs, and prayers...


Jennifer Milena said...

So happy that you were able to hear good news during such a devastating time!

Smile Steady said...

I'm so glad you're acknowledging the Japan tragedy. We have friends there (who are all safe), and I know that when you know people who are affected, it makes the situation much more personal. So glad they're safe! (And glad you're safe, too!)

Sweet Simplicity said...

That is a gorgeous picture. I just can't believe all the devastation in Japan. Such a tragedy.

Heather said...

The devestation in Japan is just heartbreaking. I'm so glad yall's intern's family was okay.
Love the picture.