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Seattle man desperate to contact friends and students in Japan

Photo courtesy Ben Erickson

Benjamin Erickson (top center) poses with Ms. Fujiwara's Second Grade class at the Ninohe City Nisatai Elementary-Junior High in Ninohe, Japan, where he worked as a language teacher from 2006 to 2008. Now, living in Seattle, Erickson hasn't been able to contact his students or friends from Ninohe since Friday's earthquake struck Sendai, only 130 miles to the south of Ninohe.

Seattle resident Benjamin Erickson used to teach English to students at a school in Ninohe, Japan, only 130 miles from the devastating quake. Now he desperately wants to hear from them.