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Tsunami Strikes Japan, as Psychic Impressions of the Disaster Unfold

Yumiko Ono, a Japanese American instructor of Modern Foreign Languages at Western Carolina University, NC, found that she was unable to sleep in the early hours of Friday morning. “I just woke up in the middle of the night for some reason,” she told the Asheville Citizen Times, noting how she normally has no problem sleeping at night. Wide-eyed and unable to rest, she opted to turn on the television, at which time it became apparent that a tremendous earthquake–later described as the most powerful to ever strike Japan–had caused widespread damage throughout the country.

Nowhere in Ono’s testimony is there any claim that the disaster taking place across the globe had triggered her inability to sleep. Still, many similar accounts have begun to surface where others in parts of the world far removed from the quake itself seemed to suffer from sleeplessness, anxiety, and a host of other things around the time of the disaster.

Shawna Stratton of Colorado is a dance team coach with Mead High School near the town of Longmont. “I had my girls down at the state tournament at CU, (and) I didn’t get home until around midnight,” she told the Longmont Times-Call on Friday. Much like Yumiko Ono, Stratton found herself unable to sleep upon returning home, and decided to surf the Internet while winding down for bed. Her iPhone was nearby when she received a message from her husband Dean, who had been en route from Japan on business at the time, alerting her about an earthquake in the region. Shawna began monitoring the news that was coming in, and even managed to pass along information to her husband via SMS texts about the ensuing tsunami, which he hadn’t been able to learn about due to power outages.

True, it is perhaps more likely that Ono and Stratton had merely suffered a circumstantial bout with insomnia, which happened to coincide with the effects of Japan’s tremendous earthquake early Friday morning. But an even more compelling circumstance was related by James Kojack of Georgia, who described his own encounter as follows:

Between about 11:30pm and 1:45am Thursday night & Friday morning I was so anxious I had to take my prescription anti-anxiety medication for the first time in over a month. (I was suffering) uncontrollable tics with sudden jerks of my neck and right arm, and an extreme sense of sadness was still with me when I awoke, which intensified once I learned of the tragedy in Japan. I lived on Hokkaido for 2 years and could go on for hours about my time there.

James noted that his grandmother had seemed to develop psychic abilities later in life, and had had a number of bizarre circumstances occur that were similar to his. “I am wondering if mine are finally beginning to manifest themselves,” he offered. Could it indeed be that a number of individuals who had been connected in some way to Japan were able to “sense” the impending disaster as it occurred… and somehow do so prior to hearing official news of the earthquake?

Earth Quake Relief Funds

American Red Cross
Canpan Fields (Japanese NPO)
Save the Children
Non-Believers Giving Aid
NGO Jen (in English and Japanese)
International Medical Corps
Association of Medical Doctors in Asia

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  • Anton

    Hi. I think that this article is super-interesting, thank you Micah. I realize that often there are accounts of people claiming to have felt that something was not quite right before a major disaster. In fact, I’d be curious to do some digging about documented precognitive impressions before major disaster across the world, to see if there are any patterns there. However, it’s an easy thing to claim, be it a proper impression or coincidental bouts of insomnia as was mentioned. I think that it’s also – though in no way am I calling these folks out for this – an easy thing for would-be psychics to claim because there is no way to prove them wrong. Or right, for that matter. Anyways, that said I wanted to write something that I chalked up to just being an odd coincidence. For the record, I do not claim to have any kind of sensitive abilities. I never have, though I am open to the possibilities in others. But I had a weird bout of insomnia on Friday morning too. I usually sleep deeply and dreamlessly, only remembering 4 or 5 dreams per year. But Friday at about 2:00am (mountain time) I dreamed only a flash of a single image – a deep crack running top to bottom diagonally from left to right on my iPhone screen. The screen underneath flickered like the static of an old TV. Having broken my first iPhone, I know that when the glass breaks the screen beneath can still usually work and I’ve not seen a phone behave like that. Anyways, it was one of those super-vivid dreams that woke me up. And after a quick check to see if my phone was indeed broken (it wasn’t), I tossed and turned and eventually fell back to sleep.
    So, I’d like to ask MU listeners and blog readers: did any one else feel anything out of the ordinary on Friday around the time of the disaster? Because if there was indeed an energy that could be felt, and it was strong enough that I was able to pick up on something (again – I am NOT claiming that I did with any certainty, I just find the coincidence of this post as well as the surprisingly symbolic nature of the dream to be something at least worth noting), then I imagine that others did to. Please be honest and take the question seriously (even if you totally disagree with any of this or the post); the people whose lives were destroyed don’t deserve to be the butt of ill-humour. Sending good thoughts to all of Japan and others affected by the ‘quake.

  • ZoonosisG

    Every self proclaimed pyschic will be stepping down shortly….

  • Kdaudioservices

    Charlie sheen caused all this mess to divert attention away from Hollywood.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Atom-Bruce-McKellar/100001013331939 Atom Bruce McKellar

    Notice how there was no public pronouncement by any “name brand” psychic before this disaster. None. Public psychics are fake psychics.

    Having said that, I am certain some people had premonition dreams the day before. Having had several premonition dreams I simply can’t explain away, I am a skeptic left holding the bag and can only concede that there is something as yet unexplained going on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kenneth-Ezzell/100000720121008 Kenneth Ezzell

    I predict that no one will predict an earthquake hitting Japan on 3/11/11..

    On a side note 3/11/11 was my 34th birthday….it suck to have birthday your never forget

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kenneth-Ezzell/100000720121008 Kenneth Ezzell

    I predict that no one will predict an earthquake hitting Japan on 3/11/11..

    On a side note 3/11/11 was my 34th birthday….it suck to have birthday your never forget

  • Stephanie

    For two weeks before the Tsunami hit Japan I had dreams of a Tsunami hitting a coastline. I had the last of a series of the same dream on the Wed.March 9th. I told my therapist about the dream in my Thursday (march 10th) session as well as the week prior (I go to see her on Thursday morning weekly) and we discussed my anxiety over my dream and I stressed to her that I had a sick feeling this was going to happen very soon, not in a year but in a matter of days or weeks. I retold my dream that had plagued me over the last 2 weeks where I saw a massive series of waves hitting an entire coastline during the day. It was light outside, I saw the massive wave role in and cover an entire city. The buildings, cars, and streets were covered by the wave. I had no idea where this was or when it happened but it was so real and left me physically sick upon waking to the point I had a knot in my stomach each morning I awoke from the dream.

    I by no means claim to be psychic, but I do dream just about every night. Vivid dreams I remember. Ever since I was a little girl I have done this and assumed it was normal until I got older. I started keeping a dream journal in 1993 and from then on realized that many of my moments of deja vue stemmed from the fact that I had dreamed it before.
    I have dreamt of many things before they happened not knowing they were dreams of some future event. This just happens to be the latest dream and major event and since I stumbled upon this site I felt compelled to share my story.

    I had also shared my concern and anxiety of a coming Tsunami last week to a close friend of mine as well. She and my therapist are the only ones I discussed it with because dreams are not exactly something you discuss to everyone especially if you want to tell someone you keep dreaming something is going to happen and you know deep down it is real and will happen soon.

    I am still not sure why I dream of these things since having them does no good to help anyone. It just leaves me feeling sick each time. My friend called me first thing in the morning Friday and was shaken up over the Tsunami news that morning and our conversation the day before when we discussed my dream. My therapist phoned the next day and we discussed it and she thinks I’m in tuned to certain things and we will actually be discussing it and some other dreams today when I go in.

    Just wanted to pass along my story. My heart goes out to all those people in Japan right now.

  • Stephanie

    For two weeks before the Tsunami hit Japan I had dreams of a Tsunami hitting a coastline. I had the last of a series of the same dream on the Wed.March 9th. I told my therapist about the dream in my Thursday (march 10th) session as well as the week prior (I go to see her on Thursday morning weekly) and we discussed my anxiety over my dream and I stressed to her that I had a sick feeling this was going to happen very soon, not in a year but in a matter of days or weeks. I retold my dream that had plagued me over the last 2 weeks where I saw a massive series of waves hitting an entire coastline during the day. It was light outside, I saw the massive wave role in and cover an entire city. The buildings, cars, and streets were covered by the wave. I had no idea where this was or when it happened but it was so real and left me physically sick upon waking to the point I had a knot in my stomach each morning I awoke from the dream.

    I by no means claim to be psychic, but I do dream just about every night. Vivid dreams I remember. Ever since I was a little girl I have done this and assumed it was normal until I got older. I started keeping a dream journal in 1993 and from then on realized that many of my moments of deja vue stemmed from the fact that I had dreamed it before.
    I have dreamt of many things before they happened not knowing they were dreams of some future event. This just happens to be the latest dream and major event and since I stumbled upon this site I felt compelled to share my story.

    I had also shared my concern and anxiety of a coming Tsunami last week to a close friend of mine as well. She and my therapist are the only ones I discussed it with because dreams are not exactly something you discuss to everyone especially if you want to tell someone you keep dreaming something is going to happen and you know deep down it is real and will happen soon.

    I am still not sure why I dream of these things since having them does no good to help anyone. It just leaves me feeling sick each time. My friend called me first thing in the morning Friday and was shaken up over the Tsunami news that morning and our conversation the day before when we discussed my dream. My therapist phoned the next day and we discussed it and she thinks I’m in tuned to certain things and we will actually be discussing it and some other dreams today when I go in.

    Just wanted to pass along my story. My heart goes out to all those people in Japan right now.

  • Seawold68

    Thursday night/Friday morning I had a nightmare. I can’t remember the last time I had a nightmare other than 35 years ago as I am a Vietnam Vet. Last week’s nightmare had to do with demons and evil. Now, I am not a religious person per say. I was emotionally abused as a child having been raised Catholic, which turned me away from religion. I am spiritual (“There are no atheists in foxholes!”) but I don’t go to church. The dream I had was very vivid and had to do with this Zombie movie. I never watch Zombie movies so in my dream I didn’t watch this movie. Those that did ended up being possessed by demons and in affect being turned into demonic creatures that were VERY scary. They looked very much like the creatures in the movie “Legend,” having very elongated and exaggerated features. If they were to catch up to you, you would also be possessed. The way to ward them off was to bless yourself and say The Sign of the Cross. This would ward them off to a point, but if more of them began to stalk you, you would have to bless yourself more frequently or together in groups. But then members of the group were being overwhelmed. This was because they were having thoughts of hate toward the demons attacking them. Then they too became demons. I found that I had to have empathy and kindness toward the demons which the demons couldn’t tolerate.

    This went on throughout the night. The strange things about this dream was 1) I can, to this day, recall it very vividly and 2) I got up in the middle of it to use the restroom and when I got back in bed, the dream continued. It wasn’t a new dream, but the same one continuing the story. I can’t recall that ever happening to me before.

    It went on like that very tortuously throughout the night. But it did have a conclusion. Having spent the night “praying” for the demons, I found some of the creatures returned to being human. They sought me out and thanked me profusely. They implored me to tell everyone in my group to continue praying. It’s the only way to overcome the evil in the world. I can’t explain my compulsion to relate this dream to anyone that will listen. The message is clear. Avoid negative thoughts and feelings and PRAY. I am NOT evangelical but that is the message I want to convey here. The people in Japan need our prayers, if you pray. If you don’t then just have kind and loving thoughts toward them and for their well being.

  • Seawold68

    Thursday night/Friday morning I had a nightmare. I can’t remember the last time I had a nightmare other than 35 years ago as I am a Vietnam Vet. Last week’s nightmare had to do with demons and evil. Now, I am not a religious person per say. I was emotionally abused as a child having been raised Catholic, which turned me away from religion. I am spiritual (“There are no atheists in foxholes!”) but I don’t go to church. The dream I had was very vivid and had to do with this Zombie movie. I never watch Zombie movies so in my dream I didn’t watch this movie. Those that did ended up being possessed by demons and in affect being turned into demonic creatures that were VERY scary. They looked very much like the creatures in the movie “Legend,” having very elongated and exaggerated features. If they were to catch up to you, you would also be possessed. The way to ward them off was to bless yourself and say The Sign of the Cross. This would ward them off to a point, but if more of them began to stalk you, you would have to bless yourself more frequently or together in groups. But then members of the group were being overwhelmed. This was because they were having thoughts of hate toward the demons attacking them. Then they too became demons. I found that I had to have empathy and kindness toward the demons which the demons couldn’t tolerate.

    This went on throughout the night. The strange things about this dream was 1) I can, to this day, recall it very vividly and 2) I got up in the middle of it to use the restroom and when I got back in bed, the dream continued. It wasn’t a new dream, but the same one continuing the story. I can’t recall that ever happening to me before.

    It went on like that very tortuously throughout the night. But it did have a conclusion. Having spent the night “praying” for the demons, I found some of the creatures returned to being human. They sought me out and thanked me profusely. They implored me to tell everyone in my group to continue praying. It’s the only way to overcome the evil in the world. I can’t explain my compulsion to relate this dream to anyone that will listen. The message is clear. Avoid negative thoughts and feelings and PRAY. I am NOT evangelical but that is the message I want to convey here. The people in Japan need our prayers, if you pray. If you don’t then just have kind and loving thoughts toward them and for their well being.

  • BuddMyster

    LOL, the frogs knew, they were wondering why frogs were coming up out of the ground everywhere.

  • Anonymous

    Thursday night/Friday morning I had a nightmare. I can’t remember the last time I had a nightmare other than 35 years ago as I am a Vietnam Vet. Last week’s nightmare had to do with demons and evil. Now, I am not a religious person per say. I was emotionally abused as a child having been raised Catholic, which turned me away from religion. I am spiritual (“There are no atheists in foxholes!”) but I don’t go to church. The dream I had was very vivid and had to do with this Zombie movie. I never watch Zombie movies so in my dream I didn’t watch this movie. Those that did ended up being possessed by demons and in affect being turned into demonic creatures that were VERY scary. They looked very much like the creatures in the movie “Legend,” having very elongated and exaggerated features. If they were to catch up to you, you would also be possessed. The way to ward them off was to bless yourself and say The Sign of the Cross. This would ward them off to a point, but if more of them began to stalk you, you would have to bless yourself more frequently or together in groups. But then members of the group were being overwhelmed. This was because they were having thoughts of hate toward the demons attacking them. Then they too became demons. I found that I had to have empathy and kindness toward the demons which the demons couldn’t tolerate.

    This went on throughout the night. The strange things about this dream was 1) I can, to this day, recall it very vividly and 2) I got up in the middle of it to use the restroom and when I got back in bed, the dream continued. It wasn’t a new dream, but the same one continuing the story. I can’t recall that ever happening to me before.

    It went on like that very tortuously throughout the night. But it did have a conclusion. Having spent the night “praying” for the demons, I found some of the creatures returned to being human. They sought me out and thanked me profusely. They implored me to tell everyone in my group to continue praying. It’s the only way to overcome the evil in the world. I can’t explain my compulsion to relate this dream to anyone that will listen. The message is clear. Avoid negative thoughts and feelings and PRAY. I am NOT evangelical but that is the message I want to convey here. The people in Japan need our prayers, if you pray. If you don’t then just have kind and loving thoughts toward them and for their well being.

  • Bestpainterdude

    That Friday night I couldn’t go back to sleep after dreaming I was looking down on a field strewn with debris. I’d thought it was a plane crash, so I turned the news on and saw all the debris washing onto what looked like farm fields.

  • Christysfjazz

    I had a very vivid dream Thursday night. It started on a bus with my husband, an old friend whom moved many years ago and a bunch of people I didn’t know. My friend was flirting with my husband and I felt jealous. I remember there were rooms on the bus and at the front it was more like a ship. Then we were in a house on the beach. I was looking out the window and saw the ocean, the water was a deep, sparkly navy blue. The water began to recede quickly and then form a wall of a wave which started speeding toward me as I struggled to close the window. Water seeped in a little bit but I got the window closed, then I woke up. I told my husband about the dream and teased him about my friend. Then we turned the news on and both got chills and then he saw on Facebook that my friend was in town. Plus I’m in SF and we had a tsunami warning too. It was so weird and thankfully the tsunami did not hit the CA coast. In my gut I knew it wouldn’t. I’ve never considered or claimed to be a psychic but have been told by many that I have a
    good aura. I have thought maybe there is more to me than I know. ?

  • Wandering In So Cal.

    Got jolts of electricy thoughout my body for two nights before the quake.
    Could be a coincidence. Couldn’t sleep so I stayed up and begun not taking
    for granted.

  • Jonny Appleseed

    There are no such things as coincidences, you are either in synchronicity or out of synch (disconnected).

  • CHOY

    WOW………ME TOO!!!!!!!!!!!

  • TJ

    Thing is, earthquakes happen all the time, but only big ones in populated areas get reported on and then people attribute their sleeping issues with the earthquake. It’s VERY easy to say you predicted something in hindsight, but you simply cannot prove that the earthquake unsettled you etc. It is possible yes, but highly unlikely.

    What about all the other times when you couldn’t sleep and there was NO earthquake? Do the maths people!

  • Michael

    A few days before the eathquake I had a very intense dream of a giant tsunami heading towards me. It was massive, and although I began to run from it, I knew I was about to die. Just as the wave hit the shore and I prepared myself to drown, I woke up. The dream stayed with me for the remainder of the week until I heard about the earthquake and tsunami. Needsless to say I felt a it eerie. My mother has had many “psychic” experiences in her life as well, although she didnt epot having any leading up to the disaster.

  • Sheryl

    Several years after the fact, I always wondered if anyone else saw this tsunami unfold as it was occuring, like in a dream or otherwise, kinda scary graphics, but when i tell people, they just look at me like im crazy,, so I am real careful who i ask or tell, never thought to check online to see others accounts of the tsunami..interesting to see different details..
    I do suffer horrible insomnia, and very vivid dreams..
    Just curious if others saw this as it was occuring, and what you saw..