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Canadian students safe after earthquake rocks Japan

Vehicles are crushed by a collapsed wall at a car park in Mito city, Japan.

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A group of high-school students from Brighton,, Ont., are safe after Friday's massive earthquake in Japan.

The 25 students and five teachers from East Northumberland Secondary School left for Japan just two days ago and planned to spend the first three days in Tokyo.

Tracy Williams says her 16-year-old son was among the students who were on a tour bus when the quake hit.

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The students were taken to a different hotel for the time being and although it has burst pipes, the students are doing fine.

Ms. Williams says the tour company is trying to arrange to get the students back to their original hotel to collect their belongings, and arrange a flight to Canada.

She says she hasn't been able to talk to her son because of poor communications in Japan, but she's getting information from the tour company.

"I just thank God that he was a fair enough distance away," Williams said.

"Obviously they felt it, but they're safe. That's the important thing."

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