News Release

Potter on Japan tragedy

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Cracks in the ground caused by the 2011 Sendai earthquake.

Cracks in the ground caused by the 2011 Sendai earthquake.

Cracks in the ground caused by the 2011 Sendai earthquake. Map of the March 11, 2011 earthquake near Sendai. Japan 

The 8.9-magnitude earthquake March 11 off the coast of Japan, and resulting 33-foot tsunami, has implications for the St. Cloud State University community.

"As we witness the devastation left in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the Pacific we are once again reminded of how interconnected our world has become," said President Earl H. Potter III.

"We began the day seeking information about students, faculty and staff who may be studying, interning, volunteering or traveling in Japan or any other affected part of the world. We confirmed the safety of our four students currently studying in Japan," Potter said.

"Some of our 16 international students from various regions of Japan have had some difficulties reaching loved ones, and we continue to stand with those who have not learned about their families’ well being."

"Thank you to the many faculty and staff who have conveyed their care and concern for those in our campus community who have friends or family in Japan and other hard-hit regions."

"We join in offering sympathy and support for all who are affected by these tragic circumstances," said Potter.

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