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Twin Cities Woman Worried About Elderly Parents In Japan

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Sendai Japan Tsunami

Local residents walk through an area damaged by a tsunami caused by yesterday’s 8.9 magnitude earthquake on March 12, 2011 in Sendai, Japan. The quake struck off the country’s north-east coast at 2:46pm local time yesterday, triggering a tsunami wave of up to 10 metres which engulfed large parts of north-eastern Japan and prompted tsunami alerts throughout countries bordering the Pacific Ocean. (credit: Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)

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By Bruce Hagevik, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Attorney Saiko McIvor of St. Louis Park says she talked with her parents who live in Sendai, Japan the day before the big earthquake. They said there had been a minor earthquake earlier in the week, but then came the big quake and ever since McIvor has not been able to reach them.

“I’m just worried sick about their well being. My parents are 81 and 83,” said McIvor.

WCCO’s Bruce Hagevik Interviews Saiko McIvor


A massive tsunami swept into Sendai Friday leaving a path of death and destruction.

McIvor said she’s hopeful her parents and siblings are OK but nagging concerns linger.

“Particularly my mother …  she’s 81 and you know, she’s frail. She may have fallen and broke her bone or something, but I have no idea how they are doing,” said McIvor.

She says other Japanese-Americans in the Twin Cities have an agreement that if somebody reaches a relative in Sendai they will notify the others. So far there’s been no contact.

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