Tokyo, Japan (WTNH) - News 8 spoke with Carlo Cisco in Tokyo, as well as Staff Sargent Anthony Demarco at Yokota Air Force Base in Fussa, about the devastating disaster in Japan Friday.
Cisco says he was on the 22nd floor of his office building when the earthquake struck.
Ann Nyberg: What happened? What was going on when you were sitting in your office? Did you begin to feel shaking?
Carlo Cisco: Well at first everyone was pretty calm about it. We had an earthquake earlier in the week and it wasn't much trouble or anything. Initially we got up to the window to see what was happening to the other buildings, but I definitely realized it was getting a lot more serious. It got up there.
Nyberg: So what did you do? You're on the 22nd floor of this building. Did you run outside? Did you stay in the building?
Cisco: We ran down the stairs, all the way to the 5th floor, it's just the first place we connected.
Nyberg: And what did you see? Were there pictures coming off the walls? Did you see things falling, even in Tokyo, some 200 miles away?
Cisco: Yeah, absolutely. There were pictures coming off the walls. There were people falling everywhere. People were screaming. It's very unusual for anyone to raise their voice like that, but this was obviously a rare incident. It was pretty wild.
We also spoke with Staff Sargent Anthony Demarco who is an aircrafrt mechanic with the Air Force and is stationed at Yokota Air Base with his wife and three children. Their home is about 200 miles from the epicenter, but it shook back and forth violently.
Demarco said that a lot of commercial flights into Narita International were diverted to his airbase, which is on alert and standby.
When asked what he and his family did when the earthquake started, Demarco said, "We all got together and stayed in our bedroom. The doors were rattling and the windows were shaking a lot. The whole house seemed like it was moving."
Both Cisco and Demarco wanted to add that their prayers go out to people affected by the earthquake and others affected by the tsunamis around the world.
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