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St. Kate's students studying in Japan are out of harm's way

Three students from St. Catherine University were studying in Japan when an 8.9-magnitude earthquake — the country's largest on record — struck the eastern coast on March 11.

The University has made contact with the three students who are studying in Japan during the current semester. All three students are unharmed. Two are in the baccalaureate program and the third is a graduate student.

The two baccalaureate students were on break at the time of the earthquake. Neither of them was traveling in the vicinity of the earthquake or the tsunami that followed. The Dean of Students office at St. Kate's made contact with the young women's families.

A third student, who is enrolled in the University's Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program, is conducting her practicum at the Naval Air Facility Atsugi in Japan. She alerted St. Kate's officials this morning that she also was unharmed by the earthquake.

Program offices for students studying in Japan are still in operation. Classes are expected to resume in two weeks.

March 11, 2011 by Melissa Kaelin

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