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Japan tsunami affecting local business

The tsunami triggered by the massive earthquake in Japan is making waves even here in Central Kentucky, as a local lumber company had at least three of these cargo crates sitting on the dock at Tomakomai Port.

That tsunami slammed into port cities along Japan's coast including Tomakomai Port, where at least three cargo crates from Richard White Lumber in Morehead were awaiting inspection.

"Unfortunately, several of our containers was sitting on the port unloaded off the ship and when the waves hit the port this morning a couple of the containers were open where they were inspecting the logs and washed them all out to sea," says Richard White.

Jungkyu Kim, who buys lumber from White and sells it to Japanese companies, says he's very worried about his clients in the area.

"I'm dearly worried about them. How much damage there will be, but I really wish everyone is safe and return to normal as soon as possible," says Kim.

Kim says he's lived through some harsh conditions in Japan, but never anything like this.

"Typhoons, a lot of typhoon area over there. But it cannot be compared to these times. One century, hundred years, one time happening, that kind of thing, now today, they are meeting it now," says Kim.

Mr. Kim says the mill those logs were going to is far enough inland that it wasn't affected by the tsunami and the logs were insured.


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