Mar 12, 2011 1:30 AM by Danielle Lerner

Morro Bay woman born and raised in Japan speaks about her family's experience

Japan is nearly 8,000 miles away but the devastation hits close to home for some Central Coast residents.

Miki Suzuki was born and raised in Japan. She and her husband now live in Morro Bay but her her entire family is still across the Pacific. She could only watch as a massive earthquake and the tsunami that followed ravaged the country she called home for 25 years.

"The earthquake is the most scary thing if you live far away from your parents," Suzuki said.

She grew up in Nagoya, about 163 miles southwest of Tokyo. Initial calls to her parents went unanswered.

"I cried so bad, why didn't you answer my phone?" she said, "and she said she left cell phone at home."

She spent all day Friday in front of the television, on the computer and on the phone. She checked in with her parents and finally connected with a good friend in Tokyo.

"She said she was very, very scared," Suzuki said. "She ended up sleeping at work because all the subways and trains are stopped."

Suzuki's aunt also lives in Tokyo and says the ground has not stopped moving.

A devastating disaster, as people in Japan take life minute by minute.

"They're really worried about what's going to happen next," Suzuki said.

She visits her family twice a year in Japan and just returned from the area three weeks ago.


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