At 2:45 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 18-year-old wife and new mother Lauren Hamby Huffstetler sat on her couch, exhausted, as all new mothers are.
She logged onto Facebook, sitting in her sixth-floor apartment on the Misawa Air Force Base in northern Japan, with her 6-month-old daughter playing with toys at her feet.
"The baby finally had quieted down, I was checking on the world I left behind," recalled Lauren. "Just another afternoon in Japan."
Lauren felt like she was a million miles from home, but with the computer, she was able to see what was shaking in York.
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Lauren herself then started shaking as the computer clock flipped to 2:46, because the building was rocking from side to side like wheat in a winter wind.
"Everything just started shaking, swaying, the pictures were falling off the walls," Lauren recalled. "I grabbed Farrah and ran under a doorway, and I was thinking, 'I am gonna die right here - I can't let my baby get hurt!'
"The shaking didn't stop, the building was swaying, and it seemed like it was just going to topple over. I held onto Farrah, and we heard people screaming. Words can't describe how horrible it was."
The shaking didn't last seconds, like in the movies, but minutes. The screaming came from other military families, terrified children, as the earthquake that the world now knows to have been so brutal played out under the feet of a young mother from York.
Lauren had been checking on the town where she grew up, and went to school, where she married her high school sweetheart, Daniel Huffstetler, from Hickory Grove, out in the country.
The Daniel Huffstetler who drove that blue Chevy pickup and was so handsome and charming and enlisted in the Air Force to take care of his new family.
The York she left just two months before in what Lauren's family and Daniel's family each thought was a plum assignment because Japan sure was not Afghanistan or Iraq - where wars drag on and airmen die.
Daniel was somewhere on the Misawa air base at 2:46 that day, working in a civil engineering squad.
Just two days before that, an earthquake that registered higher than 6 on the Richter scale had caused the apartment building to sway some on its giant rollers - built to withstand earthquakes - and Lauren said people were a bit anxious.
But earthquakes are a part of living in Japan, she said.
The shaking finally ended, and Lauren grabbed a phone and called Daniel's shop.
"We can't find Daniel," Lauren was told, and she froze with fear.
"I was freaking out, crying, worried. I didn't know whether my husband was even alive."
Finally, about 90 minutes later, Daniel called to say he was fine. Daniel asked, as only a 19-year-old guy with guts of steel in his first job overseas in the military who had spent some of his first paycheck on something for his wife, could ask: "Did the TV get smashed?"
The TV survived - but the world they had known for their two months of deployment in Japan did not.
A tsunami rolled in after the earthquake, as the aftershocks kept coming and caused the building to sway again and again - bringing with those walls of water more death outside the base on the coastline.
"We didn't know all of what happened right then, but it started to come in, the word, and we knew so many people were dead, so much damage had happened," Lauren said. "These Japanese people - they are so nice, so kind, so generous - were not even panicking outside.
"The screaming was us during the earthquake. Afterward, the Japanese nationals were quiet and stunned."
Lauren called home to York - it was about 3 a.m. Her father, Gary Hamby, groggily answered the phone.
"She kept saying, 'We are fine, Daddy. Everybody's OK,' and I said the first couple of times, 'That's great honey,'" Gary Hamby remembered. "Then I knew this was no regular call - she was so excited and nervous."
Donna and Gary Hamby watched the TV news start to report the earthquake devastation and called Hickory Grove where Daniel's parents, Tina and Wayne Huffstetler, live.
"Daniel sometimes calls in the middle of the night at that time, but this was a call that really scared us," said Tina Huffstetler. "We didn't know anything except there was an earthquake. All this time, we thought Japan was safe."
It took 24 hours before Daniel was able to call his parents in Hickory Grove.
"When we finally heard his voice, that's when I think I first could breathe," said Wayne Huffstetler.
For four days after the earthquake the base apartments had no electricity, no heat. The families were required to stay on base as the military men headed out into a country where so many lost their lives.
"Daniel was out working, 16- to 18-hour days; they all were doing what they could to deal with the devastation," Lauren said. "I hope that anyone here who is thinking about helping Japan, that they give to someone like the Red Cross.
"I have seen it myself that these wonderful people need almost everything. They need our help, and they need our prayers. They need - us."
Tina and Wayne Huffstetler, Daniel's parents, said they understand that Daniel has to stay and do whatever must be done.
"He signed up for the service, he believed in it, and he is doing what he has to do," Tina Huffstetler said.
By late last week, after the ongoing crisis at the nuclear reactors near Sendai - about 100 miles south of the base - became worse, families of airmen were told of voluntary evacuations available on chartered airplanes.
Lauren lashed Farrah into a car seat, packed one bag, and kissed her husband before she left him behind. He waved at that jet plane just like he was in York at the high school a little more than a year before, waving to his girlfriend in the parking lot.
Or when he dropped her off after her junior prom.
Lauren arrived back in York a few days ago - jet-lagged, tired and despondent. Although Lauren does not know exactly what Daniel will have to do next, she knows he is being deployed to Sendai, where the nuclear reactors and the danger are.
"I would have stayed if it was just me, but we decided that with the baby, I had to leave," Lauren said. "Daniel looked right at me and said, 'I have to help these people. It's my job - but I would stay even if it wasn't. I have to help them.'"
All these words from a man, just 19 years old.
So, for the next few weeks at least, Lauren Hamby Huffstetler and her baby daughter, Farrah, will stay in York with her parents.
Tina and Wayne Huffstetler will stay in Hickory Grove about 15 miles away. All hope that they have a chance to talk to Daniel in the middle of the night, our time, in a call that wakes them from sleep - if any can sleep.
"I look at my daughter, and she has Daniel's eyes," Lauren said. "I can see him in her eyes. And he is over there, and it just breaks my heart."
Free calls to Japan
Comporium is providing free long distance calls to Japan for its residential customers who are signed up for its long distance service. The offer is effective through April 15.
Comporium customers normally would pay 17.5 cents per minute for calls to Japan.
"With entire villages destroyed and a nuclear crisis that could still turn catastrophic," said chief operating officer Glenn McFadden, "we felt that this could assist some of our customers who may have family and friends they are trying to reach."
Comporium advises customers who want to call Japan to check with their long distance providers to see what their current pricing policies are.
Some might limit the total number of minutes they will credit, and the eligible period for free calling might vary from carrier to carrier.