The tremors continued Saturday night in Utsunomiya, Japan, where former Omahan Chelsea Keeney is teaching English.
The city of 500,000 people 80 miles north of Tokyo was spared severe damage from the earthquake, Keeney said: a collapsed building here, a car crushed by a fallen chimney, cracks in the street, many dislodged roof tiles, a few broken windows.
Still, Friday's quake rattled Keeney, a 2007 Creighton University graduate.
Keeney, 25, and her roommate rode out the quake in their second-floor apartment. Keeney stayed under her bed as her teapot rattled off the stove, a dish drainer full of dishes crashed into the sink and spice containers fell from the cupboard and came open, mixing with the teapot water to form an “obnoxious” mess.
“I didn't know if the ceiling was going to go,” she said. “I didn't know if the building was going to collapse.”
The structure held, but electricity and gas service were lost.
Persistent aftershocks — coming every 10 to 15 minutes — kept Keeney from getting much sleep Friday night. One strong aftershock prompted her to get up and pack an emergency bag before heading outside. For some reason, she said, she packed six pairs of gloves.
Saturday morning, she and her roommate headed to the western part of the city, where friends still had electricity. The two returned to their apartment at midafternoon and found that electricity had been restored.
Keeney said she rode her bicycle around town late Saturday night. She saw few cars or people.