I had a friend who went to Japan for a vacation. She and her friend were visiting her friend's parents. I didn't hear from them for 4 days but finaly found out they were not only okay but very little affected them. Since they both live in SoCal, earthquakes are not as frightening as opposed to someone never having experienced one. However, feeling a 7.0 earthquake as we had last Easter as opposed to the 8.9 earthquake, well, it's hundreds of times more powerful and scary.
But all is well, they are due back next week. Hoping the radiation fall out is not as damaging as feared to be and that Japan can recover from this horrible disaster.