SEATTLE -- In the wake of chaos, people across Seattle attended services Friday night to pray for the people in Japan.
At the Seattle Koyasan Buddhist Temple the smell of incense and sound of chanting danced through the air.
Sitting in the last row, was a young woman whose eyes teared up as she told us what brought her to this place.
"My mom, she lives in Hokkaido Island on the Pacific side, the ocean side. The tsunami already attacked and I haven't kept in touch with my family yet. I hope they are safe. I just pray," Akiko Masker said.
St. James Cathedral also had a special service for the victims overseas. One woman we spoke to was in tears for the opposite reason. Just moments before attending, she got word her mother was alive and safe.
Community members sat in the pews of the church offering support to anyone who needed it.
"Sometimes it's hard to feel like you can do anything so just being around people that do want to do something is nice," Anna Roo said.