March 11, 2011 2:14:00 PM
In the wake of a devastating tsunami in Japan, a former Mississippi University for Women sophomore staying in Tokyo said today she could still feel the earthquake aftershocks hours later.
Tracey Seals, 20, is attending a language school in Tokyo, about 200 miles from the radius of one of the largest earthquakes ever that has killed hundreds of people.
The earthquake struck at about 3 p.m. in Tokyo, which is 15 hours behind Columbus.
She told her family today in an online video chat that the aftershocks have left her dizzy.
"She said, ''(The aftershocks) were going throughout the night. The aftershocks kept coming,''" said her mother, Tina Seals of Columbus.
Tracey Seals, an art major who was taking a semester off, plans to stay in Tokyo through April 2, when she had been scheduled to return to Columbus. She''d been in Japan since August.
Her mother was planning to fly to Tokyo, but has learned that flights scheduled for March 11-15, including hers, have been canceled.
Dispatch Lifestyles Editor Jan Swoope contributed to this story.
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