Growing up in Riverside, California - Sendai Japan is a city which was often mentioned in the city's elementary school civics classes.
For some reason we were immersed in far-away cultures which had an influence on our city's development.
Between Native American, Latino and Asian cultures in addition to a strong European influence, it was easy to learn about traditions which may not have been our own.
The city of Sendai has been a sister city of my hometown since 1957.
As a result of this, Riverside celebrates with an annual festival.
As earthquakes are also common in California (anything below a 4.0 doesn't even warrant a mention between locals), my purely unscientific prediction for the next big earthquake is for my hometown to suffer.
Do I wish this on my city?
Heck no, but it seems that California is overdue.
And as everything seems to be connected in the most obscure ways - Riverside, California will be next.