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Okinawa students ride out the quake

Date Posted: 2007-03-29

Education comes in many forms, as a group of Okinawa junior high school students discovered Sunday.

The 50 youngsters from Kamimori Junior High School in Urasoe City were on the mainland participating in the Nationwide Junior High School Handball Tournament when the building began swaying and shaking. A gymnasium light crashed to the floor, and lights went out.

“It was very scary. We have never had such a big swing of a building,” said a young Okinawan. “The lights went off and the building was moving so badly we couldn’t even stand.” Another said “We all sat down and hugged each other, and cried ‘oh my God, what’s happened?’”

What happened was a 6.9 magnitude earthquake that rattled the Ishikawa Prefecture area at 9:42am Sunday, causing damage and death in many area towns, villages and cities. Ishikawa Prefecture’s neighboring Toyama Prefecture was hosting the tournament. The student athletes were 20 minutes into the game when the earthquake struck. No injuries were reported and the tournament was canceled.

Earthquakes are particularly frightening to Okinawans, because they’re not a part of Okinawa life. Panic has subsided as the students were reunited with parents.

An Okinawa Prefecture Association situated in Ishikawa Prefecture has about 30 members, but none were hurt. “Chairman Hiroshi Nosato said “I didn’t get any injury or damage reports of houses belonging to Okinawans. We just had our first experience with an earthquake, and are very surprised.”

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