Anxiety looms over local families with loved ones in Japan
Eric Ervin and his wife Mikio survived the earthquake and tsumami that devastated Japan. Ervin's mother, Sandra, of south St. Louis says her son has been in touch with her, but she is still worried about the couple's safety. By KMOV Web Producer
(KMOV) – Though thousands of miles away, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan has affected many local families.
One woman from south St. Louis managed to reach her son, and a man from south St. Louis County was recently able to get in touch with his.
Sandra Ervin says she is thankful that her son and his wife are okay. They were driven from their home by the earthquake, and while communication lines have been damaged, Ervin says she is able to email her son who lives about two-and-a-half hours north of Tokyo.
“I wish I could go there…and do for him,” says Ervin “I'm just stressed out."
But all Ervin can do is see the pictures her son, Eric, emails to her back in south St. Louis. The pictures show damage to his home that is now very visible in the daylight in Japan.
“He said when the earthquake happened, he was at home. And for the last three days they've been having tremors,” says Ervin. “But by the third one, his TV was falling off the wall his refrigerator turned over…”
Eric and his wife Mikio did manage to escape safely, but their home is in no condition to live in. There are also no services available and no way to access a bank. They are now staying with Eric’s in-laws.
For other families, the stress is much more intense.
Jim Gannon of south St. Louis County heard from his son late Friday night via text message. His son, Jimmy, is a Mizzou student who was near the Japanese coast.
Half a world away from the disaster, it’s tough on all who have loved ones there.