UCO graduate in Tokyo caught in earthquake is OK

An Oklahoma City native and UCO graduate who is working in Tokyo shot video during the earthquake
BY ROBERT MEDLEY Staff Writer rmedley@opubco.com Published: March 11, 2011

An Oklahoma City native who is living in Tokyo said the high-rise building where he works did not just shake during the magnitude 8.9 earthquake. He said the earthquake lifted the building, twisted it and dropped it back down.

Max Homerding, 31, was not injured by the earthquake that struck Japan at 2:46 p.m. Friday, which was 11:46 p.m. Thursday in Oklahoma.

The University of Central Oklahoma graduate was on the 26th floor of the building where he is doing an internship for EMC Computer Systems. The building is near Japan's busiest train station, Shinjuku Station.

“Our building was twisting and we could see other towers around us twisting,” Homerding said in a telephone interview. “We were looking for buildings to start hitting each other. It was that scary.”

Homerding said he made an eight-minute video of what was happening in the office. Fires broke out, so he shot video of nearby buildings as they burned.

Homerding, a 2005 UCO graduate, earned a bachelor's degree in international business. His internship is part of a master's degree program at the University of Hawaii.

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