By Pauline Liu
Area residents with loved ones in Japan found it heart wrenching to follow the unfolding tragedy in the news.
“It’s hard to watch,” said Yukari Day of Halcott Center. Her maternal grandfather and five aunts and uncles live in Hamamatsu, an important industrial city southwest of Tokyo.
The massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan on March 11 is a long way from where her family lives. Still, when she did not hear from them, she grew concerned, until they e-mailed to say they’re OK.