CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4) – The tsunami that hit Japan also hits close to home as several people in Colorado have family in Japan.
Erina Argentar, a Centennial woman, learned this weekend her elderly aunt and uncle from Sendai escaped. Her other two other aunts’ homes washed away and there’s no word on the women.
Argentar’s father in Tokyo is frustrated because civilians are not allowed to help with rescues.
“He’s freaked out. He’s very concerned because he can’t go there to search,” Argentar said.
Meanwhile, Argentar is stunned like everyone else by the images.
“I was almost crying, it was a shock to me, I was just like, ‘Oh my God that place that I have been there is completely different,” Argentar said.
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Argentar grew up in Tokyo and was accustomed to earthquakes that lasted just seconds. Friday’s quake reportedly lasted 2 minutes or more.
Several restaurants in Denver will be holding fundraisers between Tuesday and Saturday of this week. They will send donations to the Japanese Red Cross.