I felt the earthquake. In Tokyo it was about a 3 magnitude (said a lady who we talked to on the train today). So in Mito, it was probably about a 4 magnitude. The earthquake was at 6:00a.m., ten minutes before we set our alarms. The trains were delayed for about and hour and some more, but we talked to this really sweet lady while we waited. She may come to Eikaiwa (English conversation class). I didn't realize the earthquake was so big in Fukushima though! We are safe! :)
We hope no news is good news (she's probably okay). Kirsten/Parker Shimai is in Ibaraki prefecture (similar to a county), and lives a few miles inland, i.e. not near the beach, and now is under tsunami advisory (lowest rating). I assume that she would've been woken up by the 6.9 / 7.4 earthquake though. We'll continue to watch for aftershocks and see how the Daiichi nuclear power plant does.
Here's a link to an instagram post if you want to hear what Japan's tsunami siren sounds like:
Kirsten is in the yellow area below the orangey-red X.
Tsunami Forecast Region Category of Tsunami Warning/Advisory
IWATE PREF. TSUNAMI ADVISORY
MIYAGI PREF. TSUNAMI ADVISORY
FUKUSHIMA PREF. TSUNAMI ADVISORY
IBARAKI PREF. TSUNAMI ADVISORY