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Published March 14, 2011, 09:25 PM

UND Student Back From Japan After Earthquake

A University of North Dakota student stuck in Japan after the earthquake made it home last night.

A University of North Dakota student stuck in Japan after the earthquake made it home last night.

Jared Ridl says it was very hectic trying to get out of the country. He says there were lots of rumors about transportation to the airport being down, but his family back in the United States made sure he got home safely.

Ridl was further inland, so he didn't see the devastation as much as other cities but says he felt the earthquake and tremors afterwards.

He was also without power and was worried about the nuclear plant exploding.

Ridl says, “There was this time before we knew about the reactor and after the earthquake where we all thought that we were lucky. We were okay. We didn't get hit by the tsunami, and things could only get better. How could they obviously get any worse? Then we heard about the reactor, and I didn't want to wait to find out.”

Ridl is at his parents’ house in Bowman, North Dakota. He’s been watching what’s going on and says he’s worried because many of his friends are still in Japan.

Ridl has been studying abroad in Japan since October.

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