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Flintshire teacher recalls Japanese quake horror

A FLINTSHIRE teacher has described the terrifying moment her building shook during the Japanese earthquake.

Katherine Nolan, 26, of Cefn y Bedd, has been teaching English in Kyoto, Japan since 2009.

The biggest earthquake ever to hit Japan, measuring 8.9 by the US Geological Survey, hit at 2.46pm local time on Friday (March 11).

Hundreds of people have been killed, primarily along the north eastern coastal region of the country.

In Kyoto, near the centre of the country, Katherine was working at an English language school.

“I was on the ninth floor of our building at work when I felt it shaking and swaying,” said the former Castell Alun pupil..

“The quake was quite far away from us but it was felt all over Japan.

“There have been quite a few earth quakes while I’ve been here, but this was the worst I’ve felt.

“When the building started shaking I was just wondering what the hell was going on, but the Japanese people were on the case.

“They all started filing out of the building and stopping meetings.

“My lesson stopped for a while, but because there was no damage in Kyoto I think it will be business as normal here.”

Read more in next Thursday’s Chronicle.