An ACTUAL Mother Of The Year/Decade Candidate

Submitted by: sed8908 5 years ago in Misc

Mother is stoic to keep her son calm during Japan"s 9.0 earthquake of last year.
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Female 1,236
Another native Californian here--->DAMN that lasted so f`ing long!
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Male 38
Living in California all my life, I`ve been in a number of quakes, including both the 1971 Sylmar Quake and the 1989 Loma Prieta quakes. It is absolutely amazing how long the Japanese quake lasted. That must have been terrifying to kids.
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Male 21
didn`t u saw the waitress . she was like " good the milk shake is done "
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Male 3
+1 TheShgn2

Japanese culture doesn`t know the meaning of panic... This woman has clearly been in country long enough to have acquired this quality.
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Male 626
"If she went outside, many people were probably panicking, cars were going everywhere..."

Japanese people don`t panic. If you remember the interviews of Americans that were there, a lot of them said they were surprised there was no panicking or looting. It`s a giant taboo for them.
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Male 16
cool mom
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Male 7,775
And right after this she screamed "Hellooo, still waiting for my fries here".
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Male 551
Somebody give that woman a medal... And a new kitchen!
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Female 43
@ ShudB

If she went outside, many people were probably panicking, cars were going everywhere, buildings and power lines were probably falling. Yeah, not the best idea to stay in side, but because the most populated areas of Japan are heavily retrofitted for huge earthquakes, she was in the safest place possible.
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Male 3,431
I`ll see your Tiger Mom and raise you this lady.
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Male 2,167
Bravo!
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Male 364
The love for your child craps all over your fear of am earthquake.
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Male 43
I was in Tokyo when it happen, Thought I was going to die. I cant Imagine the force near Sendai. Thats one hell of a mother
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Male 86
Why aren`t they taking cover?
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Male 5,081
and not a single dish was broken.
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Female 2,672
jamie76
Male, 30-39, Western US
1256 Posts Sunday, April 8, 2012 10:37:37 AM
also, that was more like a 5.0 (been through many earthquakes here in Cali).

9.0 are city destroyers, don;t care which city, it pretty much will make it look like every zombie movie out there minus the zombies (maybe).


oh yeah it was definatley a 5.0, i`m from cali i can tell from the pixels.

Magnitude 9.0- near the coast of Honshu

you gimp
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Male 25,416
I guess they like their salad tossed
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Male 5
In response to all the bitchy comments, READ the title, CALM is nothing to do with making or keeping safe!! Most of you would run screaming or crap yourself in an earthquake!! To jtrebowski.... I agree your comments.
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Male 81
Stupid cameraman couldn`t keep the shot still.. Amateur...
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Female 25
@auburn While getting under the table would not have been a bad idea, it`s a myth that door frames are any better than any other place in a building unless you are in a very old, pre-modern-building codes house. And going outside is just about the stupidest thing you can do in a country like Japan. In other countries, maybe not so much, but here? Definitely. I work in Japan, specifically with kids, and have had a little training on EQ survival. She did, mostly, the right thing. Staying calm and getting INSIDE are the best ideas. Buildings in Japan are specifically designed to weather these kinds of things. The telephone poles, power lines, billboards, moving cars, etc. outside? Not so much. Debris is the number one killer, and you`re much more likely to get hit outside.

As a woman who probably had no idea about any of that, following the locals is a good default. When in Rome... and from what I could see, they weren`t crawling under anything either. Probably wasn`t a 9 there.
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Male 2,345
also, that was more like a 5.0 (been through many earthquakes here in Cali).

9.0 are city destroyers, don;t care which city, it pretty much will make it look like every zombie movie out there minus the zombies (maybe).
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Male 2,345
so instead of seeking cover under the table to avoid any possible falling objects, they just sit there?

she cannot be from an earthquake state.
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Male 1,832
That`s some damn good parenting, ma`am.
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Male 37,815
As far as the info provided goes:
>This was the "big quake" it had been going for some time when the friend started filming.
>It is over 100km (70 miles) from the 9.0 `epicenter` so yes, it`s not "9.0" in that city.
>She was doing what other folks were doing AND keeping her little one calm.

She`s a good mother and stayed cool in a terrifying event. Good for her!
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Male 3,364
This brought tears to my eyes. I grew up in Tokyo and went through a lot of earthquakes. I wasn`t afraid of them until we went through some big enough that I could see the fear in my parents eyes. Kudos to this mom. And for those of you pooh-pooing her...you don`t know what you`re talking about.
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Male 265
In that area the magnitude was not even close to 9.0. Anything above 5.5-6.0ish would have moved the plates around and knocked over the pitcher of water.

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Male 10,339
"Seems to me like she was more intent on preventing him from screaming than actually keeping him safe."

I was feeling the same thing.

I feel like she should have calmly picked him up and walked out into the street, or at least to a door frame.
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Male 2,521
Meh. I would think that I real MOTY candidate would have done something more to protect her child. Seems to me like she was more intent on preventing him from screaming than actually keeping him safe.
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Female 167
I don`t see how her reaction is different than any other mother`s......if she gets mother of the year for this one, then we are in big trouble!
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Male 38,494

"aftershop" ?

my bad... `after shock`
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Male 412
@Gerry: Not saying you`re wrong, but Sendai is the largest major city near the 03/11/11 earthquake`s epicenter. It`s possible that it`s a different earthquake (in which the case the OP likely purposefully mislabeled this) or it could be an aftershock.

If the latter is the case, however, I`ll note that this woman and her child have likely lived through the initial quake - which, if true, would make what she did all that more remarkable, in my opinion.
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Male 38,494

Kudos for not transferring panic into the child, as too many parents would.
But that is not a 9.0. If it were a 9.0 the guy in the background wouldn`t be able to stand up. It`d knock you to the ground. Could have been away from the epicenter where it was less powerful. Or a differant quake all together... aftershop perhaps.
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Male 412
1. They didn`t get under the table for protection, because she had never lived in an EQ-prone area before, so instead she simply followed what others in the area were doing.

2. The video was captured by a 15yo friend who was sitting either at the table or nearby. His name is Hiroki.

3. The shaking is exaggerated because Hiroki held the camera away from his body; thus, smaller movements of his body were exaggerated through the levers of his arms.
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Male 771
the camera was the only thing shaking
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Male 230
That takes balls. Good on ya!
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Male 226
how can a small diner table protect you from the debris of a whole building?
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Male 14,835
A bit of sheltering under the table would have been prudent, no?
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Female 3,727
From the Youtube page:

"My daughter lives in Sendai, Japan and had just finished lunch at a restaurant on 3-11-11 when the 9.0 earthquake struck. The video was made by Hiroki, a 15 y.o. friend of the family. The video starts after the quake, which lasted about six minutes, had already been going on for a while and stops prior to the end of the quake. Tiffany pulled her 4 y.o. son across the table to help comfort him prior to the video starting. BEFORE COMMENTING about the fact that she should have gotten under the table, it should be noted that the people who live there rarely seek cover under the table or desk and she was following along with the locals since she had not lived in an EQ zone before. Also, Hiroki was holding his camera with his arms away from his body which caused the camera to shake more than the surroundings. The area where this video was taken was not affected by the tsunami."
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Male 71
And Not a Single F*ck Was Given That Day.
cool mother
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Male 626
Wow, I didn`t know the earthquake was that long. She was really brave about that, but they should have got under the table for at least a little protection. I hope they survived the tsunami.
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Male 226
and the vid is takken by her other son aged 10 i think....
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Male 3,285
Earthquakes are actually fun to experience.
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Female 3,727
Yep, typical mother; calm, cool and collected. Nice post.
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Male 62
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