KANSAS CITY, Missouri - A Kansas City woman living in Japan says that country is making great strides recovering from a devastating tsunami and earthquake.
Margaret Kocher teaches English at a middle school in Akita, Japan. That is about 200 miles west of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that hit on March 11.
"On the east coast… there are flowers blooming and there are people walking around and there are groceries. So even though there are houses destroyed things are going on as normal," said Kocher.
NBC Action News talked to her Thursday morning via Skype.
She and several other American teachers traveled to northeast Japan as part of Volunteer Akita .
"We actually saw the destruction first hand. Our hearts went out and we just wanted to volunteer as much as possible," she said.
After the earthquake Akita was without power for three days.
Kocher says grocery store shelves were empty because many of the streets were closed to deliveries.
School is back in session now.
Kocher is teaching several displaced students who lost their homes in the tsunami and earthquake.
She said the biggest concern in the country now is the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. It was damaged during the earthquake.
As things return to normal Kocher is looking forward to more volunteer work.