EUGENE, Ore. - Anna Millard grew up in Japan, but her father Jim grew up in Springfield and met Millard's mother Masako at the University of Oregon.
Millard's parent and one of her three brothers were in Japan at the time of the earthquake. Her parents are doing missionary work supported by the Eugene Faith Center.
Millard, a University of Oregon junior majoring in accounting, has been in touch with them since the earthquake.
"I know that my family is safe, so I feel OK, but it's just I can't believe what's really going on," she told KVAL News on Friday in the wake of the massive 8.9 earthquake. "To see my family and friends who are just worried and scared, I can't understand it right now."
She said her mother was out in public when the quake hit and couldn't get back home.
"I feel really disconnected, like I know in my mind what's going on and I understand it in my mind, but I don't feel close enough to be helpful or to be supportive," Millard said. "I've just been praying a lot and that's all I can do for now.
"I just can't imagine what it must have been like for them."