Expat Living In Japan Calls Family, Says 'I'm OK' 3-11-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Expat Living In Japan Calls Family, Says 'I'm OK' 3-11-2011

The 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan has spawned numerous aftershocks and sparked uncontrolled fires across the country, leaving millions without power.
Following the quake, tsunami waves rolled across the Pacific, and washed up on Hawaii, and then onto parts of the western seaboard.
In Hawaii, waves up to at least 11 feet have been reported, causing flooding in some low-lying areas.
But on the west coast, the waves weren't as large as expected, although some damage has been reported at some beaches and harbors.
The disaster in the Pacific really hit home for one Mid-Michigan couple who not only has two sons in California, but one in Japan as well.
Janet Reif is a Saginaw Township resident who was woken up to a phone call this morning at 6:30 a.m. That call was from her youngest son, Braeden, who was in Tokyo when the devastating earthquake struck the city.
“We were awaken by a phone call which was our son Braeden, from Tokyo, telling us that he was fine and we did not know what at that point because we did not have the radio or TV on,” said Reif.
Braden, an expatriate who's been working in Tokyo for nine years, was riding in a taxicab when he felt the massive earthquake strike. “He explained to us that it was one of the most severe earthquakes he has experienced during his time in Japan,” Reif said.
Jerry Reif knew something wasn't right when he found out it was his son calling that early in the morning.
“Earthquakes are pretty common for him,” said Jerry Reif. “He indicated to me in the cab ride when the earthquake did hit, the cab driver pulled off the road and stopped, which meant this was a major deal.”
The Reifs were also concerned about their two other sons, Bryant and Brandon, who live on the California coast and that they could be affected by a tsunami triggered by the earthquake.
“We have talked to them all now, and we are pretty relieved that they are not in harm's way,” said Reif.
Overall, the Reifs feel relieved to know that their sons are fine.
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