Kelsie Fukuda, eighth grade
“Kelsie, get out here!” When my dad yelled for me, I didn’t know what to
expect. I could tell by the urgency in his voice that it was important. When I
got to the living room, the television was on. My dad immediately explained
what was happening. He said a tsunami was rushing through Japan, rapidly
destroying buildings, cars, and boats. I was petriﬁed and glued to the
television watching in horror as the 500 mph wave swept thought the enormous farmland. Cars were still on the road trying to determine which way they should drive to escape the wave. It was such a tragic night. When I went
to bed, I cried, imagining all of the innocent lives that were being cut short in
Japan. I desperately wanted to help, but there was no stopping nature’s fury.
The next day, I was a little depressed about what I had seen the night before. I
tried not to think about the devastation. All that was on television was news
about the earthquake and tsunami. They said the tsunami might hit the United
States and people by the water should evacuate. I was not as worried about
Hawaii as I was about Japan, but we had to keep our location in mind. The
hardest part for me was watching live what was happening in Japan. I was
practically witnessing people dying and their homes being swept away from
Another reason this catastrophe hit me so hard is because my whole family is
from Japan. It is like I have a connection with the entire country. Watching it
get destroyed is just heartbreaking. My school was cancelled the Friday after
the earthquake and tsunami hit, but I wasn’t happy. I would rather have had
school and have had nothing happen in Japan. There was nothing we could do about it Thursday night. Now that it is over, everyone should contribute to help Japan rebuild what was demolished because of the disaster they faced.
Mika Nakamoto, eighth grade
I am almost full Japanese (other half is Okinawan) and most of my mother’s side of the family is in Japan. Luckily, they are in Ono, which is a little town about 20 miles away from Tokyo. My mother, sister, and Baachan went to Japan just a few days before the earthquake. I wasn’t able to talk to them because of the time difference. My dad told me they were doing ﬁne. With everything that has happened including the tsunami, radiation, and volcano, I still worry about them every day. The most important this is that they must come home safely. I can’t imagine what they are going through.
Other people in Japan aren’t as lucky. Somehow, my family ends up with the
long end of the stick. I feel really bad for those still looking for their loved
ones. I am doing the best I can to help motivate others to donate money to
Japan. It is easy. You can buy at Aloha shirt for $20 and all the money goes to
Japan. You can donate the change from your pocket at the local store. If we all
chip in a little bit, Japan will get back on its feet and we will have a warm feeling because we helped make it happen. To be honest, it could have been worse. Japan has the most earthquakes in the world and in preparation they have built their buildings to withstand the shakes. This has lessened the number of people injured.
Yes, my family was lucky. We got out of this without a scratch. Others need
our help in getting the pieces put back together. America has a heart of gold.
We are not going to stand by and watch what is happening in Japan. We are
going to help.
Skylar Nishiyama, seventh grade
When I ﬁrst heard about the 9.1 magnitude earthquake and the tsunami, I took it lightly because I wasn’t really thinking about it. The next day, it really hit me. I imagined if a big tsunami came and went six miles on land. There would be a chance that my house would be destroyed. I had seen the pictures and videos of Japan and I got a sick feeling in my stomach. I thought about the 10,000 people who died. When I watched the news, I saw all of the property damage, the destroyed ships, cars and factories. The people who died all had families, friends, and neighbors. They could have been students and teachers. I tried to call my friends in Tokyo, but they did not answer. I was worried sick because
they lived by a river. Even though I was not in Japan, I was terriﬁed for the people who were there. Many of them were cold, hungry or thirsty. I decided that I wanted to do something to help.
The nuclear power plants were also a big issue because of the danger of radiation. When there is radiation fallout you are supposed to stay in your house, but many people in Japan did not have houses any more. This may cause hundreds more people to die.
Both of my parents are from Japan. We have so many friends and relatives there. We have not been able to reach all of them, but we keep trying and we hope they are okay.
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