Just wanted to let you folks who expressed concern that my aunt called at the end of last week saying she's ok. Since then, my mom has had better luck calling Taiwan and Japan, thank goodness. I was ready to buy new phones for the house! My cousin is ok too, but I don't know any specifics on her. A friend from the states went back to work in Japan to help clean up and finish projects. I think she should've stayed in the US, but...well, I just hope she stays safe.
I'm working on a collaborative project for the Japan relief effort, so stay tuned!
Thanks again, everyone, for your well wishes and help!