Salvation Army Board Member Finds Herself in the Middle of Japan’s Quake

Photo: Donna Britt, WAFB.com

Donna Britt is a Salvation Army Advisory Board member and news anchor with WAFB in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She was traveling with her family in Tokyo when the earthquake and tsunami struck Japan.

The way her story unfolds is no less than eerie. While they were visiting the Science and Technology Museum the day before, a volunteer showed her husband an earthquake sensor exhibit with real-time readouts indicating recent tremors.

It was the next day when Donna’s family was on their way to a Natural Disaster Museum to experience their “earthquake simulator” when they found themselves in the middle of the real thing!

Now safely back home in the United States, she’s written an account of the event and shared it under her bio at news station WAFB’s site. You can read her complete story of the events here: http://www.wafb.com/Global/story.asp?S=14305750

Here’s a brief excerpt:

“Tren”, she said, motioning above her head that the subway train may have rattled us.  But immediately the shuddering intensified and I felt one of my feet rise, independent of the other…then my second foot rose right after it.  THE TILE FLOOR WAS RIPPLING.  Disconcerted, I placed my hand on the tile wall to steady myself when the wall rippled.  I looked and the tile was moving with ridges like waves passing over it.

…for that one split-second, my mind said “the last place you want to be in an earthquake is UNDERGROUND”.