A strong earthquake on Friday afternoon and after-shocks caused huge damages in the northern city Sendai and surrounding regions. Large aftershocks are continuously felt in the capital city Tokyo leaving most train and bus services non-operational. As we understand most of our community members are safe and it might be easier for their family and friends to reach them by email as most of the mobile and fixed telephone lines are unreachable. You may also send us inquiries using our contact form if you are not able to reach some of your near and dear ones in Japan.