Fort Wayne Couple Takes Personal Hit From Japan Earthquake

By Jeff Neumeyer

March 11, 2011 Updated Mar 11, 2011 at 6:49 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- The world is captivated by the events in Japan, but one Fort Wayne family views the death and destruction in a very personal way.

Toyoharu Tamura and his wife have lived here in Northeast Indiana for some time, but Japan is their homeland, and when it is deeply impacted by a catastrophe like Friday’s 9.0 magnitude earthquake, they are deeply impacted as well.

Mr. Tamura invited us into his home Friday morning, where he has been keeping up with what's going on via a television feed from a Japanese news outlet.

Tamura and his wife are from the Tokyo area, which was more than 200 miles from the quake's epicenter.

Their relatives are okay, but obviously much of the country’s infrastructure has been hit hard.

Tamura says about 90 years ago, a powerful earthquake that it wasn’t fully prepared for hammered Tokyo.

Toyoharu Tamura/Japanese Native: " Since then, the design for buildings is, how you say?"

Reporter: " Earthquake proof?"

Tamura: " Something like that, yeah. But nobody imagined such a huge earthquake."

The couple travels back to Japan periodically.

Toyoharu Tamura is planning a visit there in April.

The re-build will only be starting, so it figures he will witness a nation still trying to regain its balance.

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