Archive for Thursday, March 27, 1997

KU BAND NOT IN VICINITY OF JAPANESE EARTHQUAKE

March 27, 1997

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KU band members

not affected by quake

Members of Kansas University marching band, on a tour in Japan through March 30, were more than 100 miles away from an earthquake that struck the main island Wednesday.

"Considering the relatively limited amount of people injured where the quake occurred, we're relatively certain that the band is fine," said University Relations spokeswoman Kay Albright.

KU's University Relations office fielded several calls from parents and news organizations about the band following the quake, which occurred about 2:31 a.m. Lawrence time and 5:31 p.m. in Japan.

The quake occurred near Sendai, which is more than 100 miles away from Sasebo, where the band was on Wednesday, Albright said.

At least 19 people were injured near the quake area, according to the Associated Press.

Forty-five musicians and six members of the color guard are in Japan performing at a Japanese theme park.

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