Roxanne Modafferi describes her experience of the 8.9 earthquake in Japan

While we argue over pointless P4P rankings and get stressed over who is better than who, we should step back, look at ourselves in the mirror, and realize there are more important things going on in the world right now. Like the Godzilla invasion cover up going on in the Land of the Rising Sun. OK, sorry, that was a tasteless and a horrible joke, but whimsy never hurt anyone at a time like this. If you can, head over to and donate to the Red Cross. A lot of people can use our help right about now.
Luckily, Roxy Modafferi has escaped natures wrath unscathed. Here is her eyewitness account account of the earthquake in Japan via her Facebook:

So I was on my way to work at about 2:30 and decided to go to the supermarket to grab some kamaboko fish sausages for a snack.

I walk to the register and see a register woman collapsed on the floor, and another staff lady is holding her, crying out, “She collapsed! She collapsed!” I’m trying to think of what to do, when I notice a strange sensation. People are starting to halt their normal motions, and I start feelnig a little nauseous! I see people looking around, and then stuff on shelves starts moving…

It hits us all that it’s an earth quake! And I don’t want to be in the basement of a 8 story building when it hits, that’s for sure, especially to feel it standing up? Usually if you’re sitting down you notice it.

I put my fish sausage down somewhere and make my way towards the exit with a few other people.

Then the place freaking starts ROCKING. People start BOOKING it for the door. Come on, grandma, ditch the cart! Like 5 grandmas were like blocking the doors with their carts…

We make it outside and even standing on the pavement, we can feel it. I look up and see antenae waving back and forth wildly, and I SEE THE FREAKING 7 STORY BUILDING SWAYING compared to the one next to it!!

It was so scary! The building was moving! People were pouring out of all the nearby buildings.

Eventually, I went to my office and saw my co-workers with students standing outside. Turns out that we cancelled classes for the rest of the day. Well, only two kids showed up and we sent them home. There were aftershocks, and it was really scary.

I read twitter about how Jewels was cancelled…what a darn shame! Man I can’t believe all those good fights didn’t happen…but there are worse things to worry about. Like the HUGE damage and loss of life in other places in Japan, tsunamis, omg. The earthquake was 8.9? in Northern Japan? Wow.

Now I’m at the office still…I cleaned the teacher’s room, lol. I’m staying here tonight.

aaarg after shocks are still going on…we are on the 2nd floor.

Our thoughts go out to Japan.


Published on March 11, 2011 at 8:22 pm
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