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Plymouth Waiting to Hear from Shichigahama Friends

Plymouth residents and officials frantically email, Facebook and call cell phones to contact friends in Japan without luck.

Plymouth residents who have friends in Shichigahama, Japan have tried every form of communication, attempting to contact their friends in Plymouth's sister-city, without any luck, as they watch news footage from the nearby port city of Sendai, where the tsunami caused tremendous damage.

School Committee member Margie Burgess has been to Japan many times as part of the Plymouth delegation and has dozens of friends in the city and surrounding towns. She said she woke last night hearing Japanese voices on the television. Since then, she's been working every line: Facebook, email, cellphones, trying to contact her many friends across the globe, trying to find out if her Shichigahama friends are OK.

Shichigahama is on a peninsula and Burgess is worried that the tsunami could have simply swept the city of 20,000 residents away.

"There was no time," she said. "They were hit by an 8.9 earthquake and 15 minutes later the tsunami struck."

Burgess said she is unsure about whether the next visit by Shichgahama's delegation will take place.

Plymouth Patch will have more local reaction as friends continue searching for friends.

Here's a list of some of the news outlets covering the quake and tsunami from the ground:

AOLNews

CNN

New York Times

MSNBC

FOXNews

martianne March 16, 2011 at 01:39 AM
Diana, Lots of grassroots stuff being talked about, but I think we'll need to wait a bit longer for infrastructure to be back in place before any of that takes shape.
Daishiro Mori March 16, 2011 at 10:52 AM
Hi, I visited Wendy's home in Shichigahama with my friend last year. She is safe. please watch this NEWS source. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/12727203 Daishiro MORI, from Tokyo.
Fannie March 17, 2011 at 02:01 AM
I was the 1996-1997 ALT in Shichigahama. Marti, thanks for the update from Tomoko Wada (on wickedlocal). That is great news about Chiba-san. I have sent an e-mail to Ken/Maki Goto and am hoping for a response. Please keep the updates coming. Have lost touch with so many of our friends there - Yukari, Masami, Akiko, etc. Hoping for the best. Fannie
martianne March 17, 2011 at 10:59 AM
Fannie. Good to hear from you. I have indeed lost touch with many, although I hold them in my heart. Join https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_199504233407759&ref=ts to look for folks, read about Shichigahama, etc.
diana March 19, 2011 at 11:03 PM
Let me know. We have not heard from anyone as of yet.

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