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    Tokyo Earthquake in a Boxster....

    Not sure if anyone will be interested but when the bit earthquake(s) hit in Tokyo yesterday, I was in my Boxster S about 15km from my home. It was pretty freaky since I literally saw the road undulate like a rolling wave right before my eyes, and being on a narrow street when the first one hit, was a bit nervous since glass and debris were falling from the tall buildings right near me.

    Though the light was red, I inched out into the main road where I thought it might be safer, and a bunch of other cars, all with the same idea, all stopped in the middle of the road to wait to see how bad it was going to get. Though the radio was instructing people not to drive and to abandon their cars, I have three small kids and there was no way I was gonna give up unless absolutely necessary.

    Once the rolling quake stopped, I put up the top (lol!) and proceeded cautiously, taking backroads wherever possible to avoid gridlock. On the way home, two more pretty bad quakes hit, but somehow I felt safer in the middle of the road in my Porsche, rather than near buildings that might collapse. I got home about 90 min later without incident, though the sight of thousands of people out in the street trying desperately to use their useless cell phones, frightened dogs being calmed by their masters (no joke - there were a lot of them!), was an interesting site to behold.

    Once home, I saw that my wife and daughter were safe (though cleaning up broken glass and fallen books and bookcases) and set out again to pick up my two sons, one within walking distance and the other about 6km away - the first trip was no problem but by the time I started out to get my other son, the roads were completely gridlocked and even with a good knowledge of backroads, it took me nearly 5 hours to make the round trip. With a good digital TV signal, and some snacks in the car, my son and I passed the time easily, once again looking at the amazingly different atmosphere of Tokyo.

    All trains and buses were stopped an cabs next to impossible to hail, so we witnessed a sight hardly ever seen - tens of thousands of people walking home 10-20km - the cool thing is that despite the distance and inconvenience, there were very few sad or angry faces, and the usually very insular and stoic Tokyoites were suddenly talking excitedly to each other and to strangers. Like them, I did not feel negative once yesterday, just VERY thankful that my family was all OK and VERY happy that my Boxster was there for me, never flinching, even at roads rolling in waves around us, always making me feel safe...

    As tough as it was in Tokyo, the pictures and videos of the tsunamis up north wrenched my heart and it is those people who need our thoughts, prayers and any kind of support we can offer...

    Peace...

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    Re: Tokyo Earthquake in a Boxster....

    I am glad that you and yours are ok. That feeling has got to be even better than owning a Porsche!

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    Re: Tokyo Earthquake in a Boxster....

    With all that must be going on with you right now all I can say is thank you so much for taking the time to make this truly fine post.

    I wish you and your family the best of luck in moving on to all the change that lies ahead.

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    Re: Tokyo Earthquake in a Boxster....

    Stay safe, glad you all were ok.

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    Re: Tokyo Earthquake in a Boxster....

    Amazing experience. Thanks for this dose of reality. It's hard to connect with the experience when you watch this on youtube from 9,500 km away. You made it real.

    I can only imagine what you felt trying to get home, unsure of the safety of your family. Glad everyone is okay.
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    Thanks for sharing your story. I am very happy that you and your family are safe.
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    Re: Tokyo Earthquake in a Boxster....

    Truly happy that you and your family are fine. I could not believe my eyes watching TV last night. Frankly, it is beyond imagination.

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    Re: Tokyo Earthquake in a Boxster....

    Good that you an your family are OK! Our hearts go out to the families of the many that have lost someone. The images from the northern lowlands and the tsunami yesterday morning were terrifying. Makes you feel very small when Mother Earth decides to slam her fist!
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    Re: Tokyo Earthquake in a Boxster....

    So glad that yu and yur family are safe! Thank you for sharing your experience....our thoughts and prayers are with the Japanese people!

    Be well.....
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    Re: Tokyo Earthquake in a Boxster....

    Thanks fr the update and best wishes to you/yours.
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    Re: Tokyo Earthquake in a Boxster....

    thank goodness you and your family are ok. It's a horrible tragedy.

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    Re: Tokyo Earthquake in a Boxster....

    Thank you for the first hand account. Stay safe and keep us posted.

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    Re: Tokyo Earthquake in a Boxster....

    Glad you, yours and Boxster are safe. Take care.

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    Re: Tokyo Earthquake in a Boxster....

    Glad you and your family are ok. My prayers go out for everyone in Japan.

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    Re: Tokyo Earthquake in a Boxster....

    Truly an epic disaster. Glad you are okay. Definitely a time to reflect and donateicon support.

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    Re: Tokyo Earthquake in a Boxster....

    It good to hear that you and your family are safe. Our prayers go out to everyone who's been affected.

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    Re: Tokyo Earthquake in a Boxster....

    Glad you and your family are OK, our thoughts and prayers are with you and the Japanese people.

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    Re: Tokyo Earthquake in a Boxster....

    We see the devastation on TV the and the internet and it is just gut wrenching. So i was amazed at how you described the faces of those in Tokyo.

    I have many friends in Japan and have gotten word back from some of them, but others must have no internet connection or be able to respond and I still worry for them.

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    Re: Tokyo Earthquake in a Boxster....

    Thank goodness you and your family are safe. I have many friends in Tokyo who are thankfully safe, but who also went through big scares.

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