Waiting for loved ones to call following tsunami

UPDATED: March 12 at 10:52 p.m.

Quincy native Matthew Rischar serves in the U.S. Air Force and is based in Misawa.

His mother said her daughter-in-law spoke with Rischar a couple of days ago after the earthquake happened. But the phone went dead during their conversation.

Rajah did hear from Rischar's mother Saturday.

She said he is safe and back at Misawa AFB.


You'd think the Tri-States is so far inland on the continental United States that we wouldn't be affected by the aftermath of Friday's earthquake and tsunami near Japan. It just seems so far away.

This is not the case. All over the Tri-States, KHQA's viewers are now trying to catch up with friends and family in Japan. The devastation is hitting close to home.

KHQA has been able to get in touch with one Tri-States resident that is awaiting news on her son overseas. Quincy's Carol Rischar contacted us on Facebook and said that her son Matthew is stationed in Japan at Misawa, where there is still no power. She's been told that all military was accounted for, but she's still worried.

She said, "I just can't talk with him right now. I'm just going to assume that he is fine until I can hear from him."

Rischar last spoke with her son a week ago when he called her for her surprise birthday party."It's the worst helpless feeling that you can have," Rischar said. "When he was stationed in Japan, I thought, he'll be safe there. This is out of our control."

She said, "They said the military was accounted for this morning, but they said the Marines and the Navy, they didn't say anything about the airforce, so I'm just going to assume that he's fine. I just want everybody to sa prayers for everyone over there right now."

On Facebook, we checked in with you all and here are some of the things you told us:

Viki DeJaynes White says, "My niece & her wife have family & friends there! They are unable to locate/talk to one friend at this time. All family is accounted for. Please keep prayers coming for them. Thank you!"

Karen Doane relayed, "Yes friends that live in Okinawa and Hawaii and Korea. Recent post from Oki states they are okay."

Susan Raynelle Leake told KHQA that several people from the Vandalia area are there on vacation.

We are keeping the vigil up on Facebook and hoping for updates throughout the day on everyone's status.

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You can watch live television coverage* from Japan by clicking here. *Editor's Note: Only portions of this coverage are in English.

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We live in a global community, and the devastating events taking place half a world away in Japan impact us all. The thoughts and prayers of Illinois are with the people of Japan, and all those who have friends and family affected by this tragedy.

- Statement from Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn


My deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Japan, said Rep. Braley. As they struggle to contain the damage and begin the process of recovery, I TMm hopeful that the losses are few and the impacted communities are able to rebuild quickly. My Congressional office is fully prepared to help any Iowans that have family in the area or are otherwise impacted by this disaster. Iowans who are concerned about loved ones in Japan or the Pacific islands are encouraged to contact Rep. Braley TMs Davenport office at 563-323-5988. The office will be able to coordinate with the State Department to provide information and emergency assistance for U.S. citizens in the impacted areas. Iowans can also refer to this website for more information:

- Statement from Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley


I was saddened to learn of the tragic devastation that rattled the nation of Japan today. Japan is an important and valued partner in our trade and economic development efforts, and they are a friend and ally to our state. I encourage Iowans to help our friends in Japan by donating to the Red Cross. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected.

- Statement from Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad


Click here to view a video statement from Senator Mark Kirk.

The American Red Cross is ready and willing to assist following the earthquake in Japan and the resulting tsunami. Click here to read a press release issued by the Red Cross. In the release, they say the best way to contact or locate U.S. citizens living or traveling in Japan is to contact the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services, at 1-888-407-4747 or (202) 647-5225. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has offered to assist Japan with restoring family links.

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