Sister city of Izu spared major damage

The nine magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami hitting Japan last week sent waves of concern for the people of Hope's sister city of Izu.

The nine magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami hitting Japan last week sent waves of concern for the people of Hope’s sister city of Izu.

After hearing of the destruction experienced by the country the prior evening, town manager Earl Rowe called the emergency line of the Foreign Affairs to see he could get any information on how the earthquake impacted the Japanese city and its people.

As the city of Izu is to the southwest of Toyko, the region was spared from serious damage, although is being impacted by power outages and aftershocks, reported Rowe.

Many Hope residents called the district hall concerned over the fate of the many Japanese youth that have visited Hope as part of our sister city exchange.

Heading up the sister city committee, councilor Peter Robb expressed his sympathies for the country, and his relief that Izu had been spared serious damage, at Monday’s council meeting.

Robb has also been in contact with the committee’s counterpart in Japan, who will be updating him on news impacting Izu,