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Man with local ties is safe after tsunami scare, his family says

NEW LONDON -- Elaine Awe of New London says her grandson, Jon Awe, is safe, unharmed and back in South Korea.

Jon Awe was on an airplane that landed at the Sendai, Japan, airport just minutes before the devastating 8.9-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck the area Friday.

"We're so relieved that he wasn't hurt," Elaine Awe said Sunday.

Her son is Jon Awe's father. The elder Awe received an e-mail from his 30-year-old son on?Sunday stating everything was OK.

Jon Awe was arriving to play in the Asia League Ice Hockey championships, but was evacuated on a flight back to Korea soon after arriving.

His grandmother said he's played for the Seoul team the past four years and lives in Atlanta during the off-season.

According to Jon Awe's Wikipedia page, he is a defenseman for the Anyang Halla hockey team.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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