I have copied an email that came in from Hideko on April 12 on CQI for people who do not belong as follows:
"Thanks for your concern. Today we had another big quake in the afternoon. Almost everyday we are shaked. I replied to Laurie about Fukushima plant in Novice group. Here I would like to tell you the same. Yes, it's now raised level 7. But maybe we have felt it's not level 5 already. The most serious trouble or concern is the accident hasn't been settled yet, still in process for recovery, while big after quakes happen everyday. Especially the one of last evening and another of this afternoon gave us shocks, because those centers were very close to Fukushima plants. Each time we are scared by not only quake itself but also by some possiblity of new serious troubles happen at the plant. There was nothing new bad so we felt a bit relieved. The whole quantity of radiation is one tenth of Chernobyl somehow, though the level is same. Everyday we feel standing on the edge.We have got really tired. Thanks for your prayers. Hideko Ishida in Japan"
I cannot believe it has been over a month since the oiginal quake. My heart goes out to the children and think of the parents trying to console them and tell them all is well when the after shocks keep coming. we went through a tornado when we first came to Chicago that tore the roof right off the house where we were staying about 6am and you looked up to pitch black with rain pouring in. Luckily none of us were hurt. Susan was just a baby of 7-8 months old and I was terrified she was gone. Went into her room and she was awake and smiling with bricks laying all over her crib. to this day I remember that and am very wary of tornado like weather. My children spent many nights sleeping in the basements wherever we were so I can appreciate how the parents feel. Ours was nothing like Hideko's case because once hit ours was over for that time at least. They must live in a state of constant fear.
Hi Hideko - we are all thinking of you and yours every day.