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Earthquake in Japan Hits Home for Valdosta Family

By: Dontaye Carter Email
By: Dontaye Carter Email

"She said oh no! We're having an earthquake."

Rhonda Burgman was on the phone with her sister Navy Petty Officer Pamela Almozon the day the massive earthquake and Tsunami struck Japan.

Her sister has been serving at the Yotoka Air Base.

Burgman says she's been on the phone before with her sister during an earthquake but said this one was different.

"She said oh no! It's getting stronger. I can feel it getting stronger. So, I said well I'm going to go so you can get everything together or do what you have to do," said Burgman. "So, before I hung up I could hear rumbling and shaking in her house."

The eight-point-nine magnitude quake registered as one of the greatest disasters in Japan which was followed by a 23-foot Tsunami.

But Officials fear that number could be much higher.

"I was scared. Because at first I thought because it was so bad she was coming back to Valdosta," said Burgman's son Kadeem.

"When I finally did get her on the phone, I did fuss at her and tell her I was nervous but her and her family were OK," said Burgman. Everything went OK."

A sign of relief this family needed to hear.

While officials continue to add up the death toll, the government says reported cases alone suggest that more than one-thousand people were killed.


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