For the last few months, I have been preparing for an international reporting trip to Japan. The plan: arrive in Tokyo, spend a few days there and then travel to Hiroshima.

My friend MJ and I have been working together on an article covering peace education trends in Japan. We’ve already talked with the author of One Thousand Paper Cranes, a Japanese professor who studies peace education at Shimane University and foreign exchange students from Hiroshima. In Japan, we have interviews set up with atomic bomb survivors, the chairman of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation and employees at the Memorial Peace Museum.

But in the last 24 hours, all our plans have changed.

With an 8.9 earthquake hitting Japan, hundreds dead and tsunami waters flooding cities, all we can do is wait in Indianapolis.

My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan and those who have family and friends there.

The countdown

The aftermath


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