El Pasoan Stranded in Japan After Massive Earthquake
POSTED: Friday, March 11, 2011 - 9:32am
UPDATED: Monday, March 14, 2011 - 7:44am
UPDATE: 9:10am - We now have exclusive video from inside the Narita Airport when the quake hit. Click play to watch the cell phone video shot by Johnny Quezada.
NARITA, JAPAN - Native El Pasoan Johnny Quezada got the jolt of his life when an 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan this morning.
Quezada is a U.S. Navy lieutenant and on a layover at Narita International Airport near Tokyo when the quake hit.
He described the earthquake as a "hand coming down and shaking" the terminal building.
Quezada said people all around him were screaming and crying. They were evacuated from the building shortly after the earthquake struck.
The Navy lieutenant, a native El Pasoan whom now lives in California, said he is grateful to be alive and in a building constructed to withstand earthquakes.
Quezada was in Japan when a big earthquake struck 25 years ago. He said that quake pales in comparison to the one that hit today.
Quezada's flight home has been canceled, and he is hoping to fly out of Japan Saturday.
Quezada spoke with NewsChannel 9's Kai Porter this morning.
Look for the story tonight on NewsChannel 9 at 5 and 6 o'clock.