13 Mar '11, 5am

A letter from Tokyo - A first-hand account of Japan's devastating earthquake

A letter from Tokyo - A first-hand account of Japan's devastating earthquake

Christopher Johnson, author of "Siamese Dream" and former reporter of The Nation, provides a first-hand account of Japan's devastating earthquake in this letter from Tokyo, where he lives. Earthquake and tsunami in Japan Click on thumbnail to view (Photos: AFP, Reuters) For more photos, click here . I was taking a shower at 2.46 on Friday afternoon when our old Japanese house started to shake. At first, I thought this is no big deal. We get tremors in Tokyo almost every month, and our house shivers even in strong winds. I had been finishing up a novel about the 1995 earthquake in Kobe, which I had covered. Today's earthquake seemed almost fictional at first. When the shaking got worse, and it was hard to stand up, I grabbed a towel and called out to my partner Qumico, who was upstairs working on a new album with her band The Sherbets. Like millions of Japanese living in de...

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