Reporter: Mark Kelly l Photojournalist: Sally Delta Goin
Lynchburg, VA - In Lynchburg, a Chinese student studying at Randolph College worried Friday about her friends living in Japan.
Qi Chang says they got through the initial quake and are doing fine, but her friends say this was the big quake they knew would come some day.
"My friends were telling me, there are two types of earthquake - earthquake and Japanese earthquake," said Chang.
This was surely a Japanese-style quake. Qi says she first heard about the quake Thursday night, but didn't think much of it until she saw the news this morning. She was not able to get a hold of her friends on their cellphones, so she reached them through Facebook. One friend says the quake was like riding on a really bumpy boat.
Another friend was working in the top floor of a tall office building. Fortunately, she said everyone was prepared with an evacuation plan.
"Everyone was like freaked out, but everyone was well-organized when they were leaving the place. So she was saying she felt secure even though it was scary," said Chang.
There was concern Friday the US could be hit. ABC 13 Meteorologist Sean Sublette says that fear is no longer there.
"I think most of the threat to the US is done at this point. I mean there may be a couple of small waves, but no big damage," said Sublette.
This is the biggest quake Japan's had in the last 110 years, and the fifth most powerful in the entire world.
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