Bwog would like to echo the message posted this evening on the Columbia homepage:

Columbia University expresses its deepest sympathies to the victims of the tsunami and earthquake, and our thoughts and concerns are with the people of Japan. We are currently working to verify the safety and well-being of members of the University community who may be present in the affected areas.

At this point there are no updates on students or faculty abroad in Japan. There is information on the university page on finding and contacting people currently there. Update (Monday, 6:10 pm) this was added to the University’s statement: Update ( as of Tuesday, March 15th)

At this time, we have accounted for 126 students and faculty who are in Japan, including one in Sendai. According to the latest count, there are 102 students and faculty in Japan. All are reported to be safe and most are far from the areas directly affected by the disaster. We will continue to monitor the situation.

Among the many responses to the disaster, Director of the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture, Gregory Pflugfelder, gave this interesting commentary. He was in Japan at the time of the quake.