Over a large enough series of events, something unlikely is bound to happen.
I was here to give a lecture for the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of Japan during the largest earthquake Japan has experienced in recorded history. I was also in Sapporo, one of the safest parts of the country.
The room swayed a bit for several minutes. It felt like being on a ship. After that, if I didn't turn on the TV or look at newspapers, everything has been perfectly normal, except that my "global" cell phone mysteriously stopped working for a day or two.
I'm still working on a storyline, but perhaps the only thing I need to say is that I have been very lucky this week.