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A Look At The Japanese City Closest To The Quake

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A Look At The Japanese City Closest To The Quake

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A Look At The Japanese City Closest To The Quake

A Look At The Japanese City Closest To The Quake

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The closest city to today's quake is Sendai, Japan. Hosts Robert Siegel and Melissa Block talk about the city of 1 million people.

ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

Some information now about Sendai, the city closest to the quake's epicenter.

MELISSA BLOCK, host:

Sendai lies on the northeastern coast of Japan. It would normally take about two and a half hours to drive there from Tokyo. It's home to more than a million people.

SIEGEL: Its nickname is the City of Trees. It's known for its parks and tree-lined streets. We tried to reach people today in Sendai, but we could find no one with a working phone or Internet.

BLOCK: Hundreds, at least, have died there in the earthquake and the towering tsunami waves that swept in afterward.

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