BREAKING NEWS: One Hurt In New York City Explosion | Read More | Watch CBS News Live

BOSTON (CBS) – While it may be more than 6,000 miles away, the devastation in Japan after an earthquake and subsequent tsunami is having its effect on local residents.


Phones were ringing off the hook at American Red Cross offices Friday as people tried to get information about friends and loved ones living or traveling in Japan.

Nicole Valentine, Director of Emergency Services and Public Affairs for the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts had this advice:

“No word necessarily is not bad news at this point. We’re asking people to just be patient because it’s a very difficult time over there. Information is slow in coming and we’re allowing the emergency officials to do their work at this time.”

The Red Cross has a Safe and Well web site which allows Americans in Japan to register as safe and accounted for.

Valentine said you can also call the State Department at 888-407-4747.


At Boston Japanese Christian Church in Somerville, the Friday night bible study became a prayer service for friends and loved ones in Japan.

“They see the images, they’re far away and can’t get a hold of people, They can’t do anything so they’re here for prayer, that’s all we can do,” said Pastor Ken Milhaus.

WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano reports.

Sayoko Crabtree, a church member with family and friends in Tokyo, is devastated about the news coming out of Japan.

“I could not sleep one moment last night. I stayed up all night as my country is going down under water,” said Crabtree.


Japanese residents of the Boston area are having mixed success getting in touch with loved ones as the devastation of that nation’s worst earthquake and resulting tsunami is becoming evident.

WBZ News Radio 1030’s Lana Jones talked with a student at the Showa Institute in Jamaica Plain who has been in touch with family:

Related: How It Happened

Related: Complete Quake Coverage from CBS News

WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano contributed to this report.

Comments (4)
  1. Lori says:

    Hey Dan, I hope you are okay over there. Just know that your old classmates are thinking of you and praying you are okay.

  2. matt says:

    all the luck to you poor people with family over their. I hope every one is okay.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Boston

Opioid Crisis
Download Our App

Watch & Listen LIVE