Justin Whittinghill, an Owensboro native living in Japan, recounts surviving the January 1 earthquake on the Noto Peninsula. In his May 2023 column for the Messenger-Inquirer, Whittinghill shares his first-person account of the traumatic experience. He describes feeling the earthquake and the fear of its potential devastation. The earthquake’s impact on his family’s safety and the aftermath of the event were also discussed. Whittinghill’s writing provided an insight into the experience of living through a natural disaster and the resilience required to overcome such challenges.