Quincy resident monitors her family from overseas

Yasuko Geisendorfer / KHQA's Rajah Maples

KHQA's Rajah Maples spoke with a Quincy resident who grew up in Japan.

Her family still lives there, so she's monitoring the situation overseas very closely.

Yasuko Geisendorfer moved to Quincy last fall with her husband and two children. She grew up about an hour south of Tokyo. Her parents still are there and are located only blocks away from the ocean. Geinsendorfer told me her parents are okay, but she's concerned about future aftershocks.

Geisendorfer said, "I'm not sure how the tsunami will affect the house where I grew up in."

Her brother, sister-in-law and their baby live a little more than a hour away from the Fukushima nuclear plant. She's communicating with her sister-in-law on a Japanese social networking site called Mixi.

Are your brother and his wife concerned about radiation?Geisendorfer answered, "She hasn't mentioned a single thing about radiation at this point. I think they're just relieved that they're alive and they're safe. Where my brother lives, I think the people are trying to get back to the normal routine, but I don't think it's anywhere close to it. It took them a while, but they finally got the water back and the power. No gas yet and after a short while, I think eventually the water stopped, too."

Geisendorfer's brother works for Toyota, so his company has been able to bring in food, water and other necessities for its employees.

What's it like being in another country when all of this is happening to your family?

Geisendorfer said, "I simply feel helpless, but I thought the only way I can communicate with them and encourage them by posting a message on Japanese social network, Mixi, and that's how I've been communicating with all of my friends in Japan. I think we need to realize what we have, being in America, where we're so fortunate to have food and water and electricity. We just have to be appreciative of what we have."