Earthquake, tsunami reportedly didn’t impact City of Tamba, Kent’s sister city

As earthquake aftershocks and the threat of nuclear meltdowns continue to rock the Japanese island of Honshu, Kent's sister city of Tamba appears to have ridden out the storm intact. Minako Fushida, a resident of Tamba who hosted this reporter in 2008, reported Friday that they were safe. "I and my mom are living very far from the center point of the earthquake," she said in an e-mail. My family is fine." Watching the devastation unfold on television, she added, "we are really shocked."

As earthquake aftershocks and the threat of nuclear meltdowns continue to rock the Japanese island of Honshu, Kent’s sister city of Tamba appears to have ridden out the storm intact.

Minako Fushida, a resident of Tamba who hosted this reporter in 2008, reported Friday that they were safe.

“I and my mom are living very far from the center point of the earthquake,” she said in an e-mail. My family is fine.”

Watching the devastation unfold on television, she added, “we are really shocked.”

Tamba is located approximately 380 miles southwest of Sendai, the city of 1 million that was hit the hardest by an offshore earthquake that measured 8.9 on the Richter Scale.

The City of Tamba has been a sister city to Kent for nearly 40 years. The two cities participate in student and cultural exchanges annually.

The Puget Sound area has many cultural and economic ties to Japan. For people who are trying to locate relatives near the quake site, the International Committee of the Red Cross has established a Web site to help them reconnect with loved ones.

The Japanese Consulate office in Seattle also may be able to assist.

More in News

City of Kent part of tentative settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma

Whether City Council agrees to terms remains to be determined

Report: Only one use of excessive force upheld by Sheriff’s investigations in 2018

The Office of Law Enforcement Oversight has released its annual 2018 report.

Teen found in Green River near Auburn is homicide victim | Update

16-year-old boy attended Mount Rainier High School in Des Moines

Hit-and-run driver kills bicyclist in Federal Way | Update

Crash along Pacific Highway South near Kent; police search for vehicle

Centennial of service

Kent’s American Legion Post 15 celebrates 100 years of helping veterans, their families and the community

Kent Senior Center hosts Wellness Fair on Sept. 19

Kent 50 Plus and FD Cares present the 9th annual Wellness Fair… Continue reading

City of Kent to pay $2.4 million for temporary IT employees

Staff claims region’s demand for information technology jobs makes hirings difficult

Muckleshoot Tribe breaks ground on 18-story, 400-room, luxury hotel tower | UPDATE

When finished, it will be the largest of its kind in the state

Most Read