I was struck by a few things when the Earthquake hit Japan. First it was amazement. There have been many large quakes around the earth, and there have been other tsunamis, but this was the first time I recall being aware of how the two go together. It broke my heart to see how quickly everything was broken and washed away. Of course some of my first thoughts were with my cousin and her family. I was so grateful that they were no longer stationed in Japan, but I was sure that it had to be hard for them to see the places they had lived and visited ravaged so badly.