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Jessica Colby, left, and her sister, Allison Colby, in March in Japan. Jessica and her family in Velva, N.D., finally heard from Allison early this morning. They hadn't heard from Allison since a tsunami hit Friday near Sendai Japan, where she was living. Special to The Forum

North Dakota native Allison Colby alive and well in Japan

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Jessica Colby and her family in Velva, N.D., got the news they had waited for since an earthquake hit Japan Friday: Jessica's younger sister, Allison, is alive and well.

Allison Colby, a 24-year-old living in Kamimachi, Japan, where she taught English, escaped unharmed by both the earthquake and a tsunami that devastated Sendai - a city of about 1 million just to her south.

"She was all right," Jessica said this morning. "She just sounded exhausted."

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