SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - When Jenica Hinkle heard about the devastation being caused by a massive earthquake in Japan, fear took over.
"I always think the worst right off the bat," she said.
Her cousin, Chris Campbell, teaches English in Japan and has lived there for 10 years.
"His first post on Facebook was just scary," Hinkle said. The inside of the school where Campbell teaches was destroyed.
Hinkle shared some of her cousin's posts with KVAL News.
"As I'm typing the place is still shaking my nerves are shot don't mess with mother nature."
The next picture was him underneath the table.
Despite all the dangers, Hinkle finds relief in knowing her family is safe and sound. Even if her only proof comes from a few words and pictures online.
"I can't even put into words how it was basically a big weight off my shoulders knowing he was OK," she said. "When he started posting stuff on Facebook, I knew that he was safe - not out of harm's way, but at least he was safe."