It has been over 48 hours since what has been upgraded to a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan. I have stories about my experience, but my experience pales in comparison to hundreds of of thousands of other people around Japan.
To everyone who sent their best wishes I say thank you, I am safe, my family is safe. We've had contact with some relatives in Sendai, and are awaiting word on some others.
For cyclists out there I can confirm the events in Richard Masoner's article "Tokyo earthquake and bicycles".
Right now, while I'd like to write I'm focused on my family and keeping life as regular for my daughters as I can. I have been tweeting cycling related things at @tokyobybike, and more general observations about the situation at @byronkidd. Until I have time to write more you can follow our progress there.
Stay safe, cherish your loved ones.
March 14, 2011
Miyagi Earthquake Update
Father of two, husband of one, lover of family, bicycles and running.
Urban Cycling Consultant, Tokyo By Bike.
Byron Kidd is the founder of the Tokyo By Bike website, writer, experienced urban cyclist, and expert on cycling in the staggering metropolis of Tokyo.
Working with NPO's and cycling activists to improve cycling infrastructure in Japan, Byron also operates internationally via a vast network of renowned urban mobility experts to promote Japanese cycling culture, and demonstrate how everyday cycling can work in megacities around the world. No city is too big for the bicycle.
Day Job, Software Developer.
Writing code and stuff, for games and things.